Virginia Cavaliers vs. Florida Gators - 12/30/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Florida Gators at Virginia Cavaliers

Monday, December 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Hard Rock Stadium)

Florida Gators -14.0 . Total 54.0 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The 9th ranked Florida Gators meet the 24th ranked Virginia Cavaliers in the Capital One Orange Bowl.  The gators are (10-2), after knocking off Florida State, 40-17.  The Cavaliers are (9-4), after falling in the ACC championship to Clemson, 62-17.

The Gators have been guided on offense by quaterback Kyle Trask.  Trask has completed 67% of passes for 2,636 yds, while throwing 24 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Tight end Kyle Pitts has registered 610 yds receiving on 51 receptions and 5 touchdowns.  Freddie Swain leads the team in touchdown receptions with 7.  David Reese II has totaled 88 tackles to lead the Gators.  Donovan Stiner has recorded 4 interceptions.

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Dual threat quarterback Bryce Perkins has led the way offensively for the Cavaliers this year.  Perkins has passed for 3,215 yds on 292 completions, registering 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  Perkins also has 745 yds on the ground, while finding the end zone for an additional 11 scores.  Hasise Dubois has contributed 979 yds receiving.  Running back Wayne Taulapapa has added 12 rushing scores.  Zane Zandier and Joey Blount lead the way defensively, with 95 and 90 tackles respectively.

Recent Betting Trends:

Gators are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Gators are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 bowl games.

The under is 18-6 in Gators last 24 vs the ACC.

Cavaliers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games in December.

Cavaliers are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games as the underdog.

The over is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 games.

Florida is on a 3 game win streak entering this matchup.  Virginia saw their 4 game win streak end, in the blowout loss to Clemson.  When the Cavaliers have had to face a tough opponent, the Cavaliers have found their result in the loss column.  The deciding factor in this game will be the defense.  The Gators have one of the best defense's int he country, ranking 8th in fewest points allowed. The Gators are giving up less than 15 points per game.  The Cavaliers are giving up nearly double that.  Virginia is allowing almost 26.5 per game.  The Cavaliers offensive strength is the passing game, however the Gators rank in the top 20 in pass defense.  The Florida defense will be to much for Virginia in this one.  Final score prediction, Florida will win and cover, 34-17.   

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