Florida Gators at Tennessee Volunteers - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Gators (3-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Neyland Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The Florida Gators will travel to play the Tennessee Volunteers in an SEC clash in week 4.
The Tennessee Volunteers are 3-0 this season after beating Ohio by a score of 28-19 in their last game. Tennessee was in a battle all game long with the Bobcats before finally pulling away in the fourth quarter. The Tennessee offense is averaging 31 points per game with 189 rushing yards and 162 passing yards per game. Joshua Dobbs is completing 60% of his passes for 486 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Tennessee. Jalen Hurd has rushed for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Josh Dobbs has rushed for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Volunteers. Josh Malone has caught 9 passes for 196 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Preston Williams has caught 8 passes for 70 yards for Tennessee. The Tennessee defense is giving up 18.7 points per game with 152.7 rushing yards and 184 passing yards per game. Jalen Reeves-Maybin has led the Tennessee defense with 18 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, while Cameron Sutton has added 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 interception. Aaron Medley has gone 3-5 on field goals for Tennessee, with a long of 39 yards. Tennessee hasn’t looked as strong as they were hyped up to be this season, but this will be a great test against a tough Florida team.
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The Florida Gators are 3-0 this season after beating North Texas by a score of 32-0 in week 3. Florida looked very good on defense in this game by shutting out the Mean Green and only allowing 53 total yards. The Florida offense is averaging 33.7 points per game with 202 rushing yards and 264 passing yards per game. Quarterback Luke Del Rio is out for this game, so Austin Appleby will be starting under center for the Gators. Appleby is completing 40% of his passes for 30 yards this season for Florida. Jordan Scarlett has rushed for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Mark Thompson has added 167 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Gators. Antonio Callaway has caught 13 passes for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Brandon Powell has hauled in 14 passes for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns for Florida. The Florida defense is giving up 4.7 points per game with 42.3 rushing yards and 87.3 passing yards per game. Jarrad Davis has led the Florida defense with 18 tackles and 2 sacks, while Marcus Maye has added 14 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Eddy Pineiro has gone 5-7 on field goals for Florida, with a long of 54 yards. Florida has looked very sharp on defense and will have to step up again in the wake of the injury to the Gator quarterback.
Florida is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The under is 7-1 in Florida’s last 8 games on grass. Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against teams with a winning record. The over is 5-1 in Tennessee’s last 6 games against teams with a winning record. The over is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings.
The Florida Gators will rely on their defense to keep them in the game, as they will be without their starting quarterback. Tennessee hasn’t looked sharp to start the season and this game will tell us a lot about what the Volunteers have this season. Tennessee has the talent to compete in the SEC, but will they show up in this game? I like Florida on the road because of their defense.