It's finally back to the best time of the year. Tailgates, big-time matchups, and plenty of opportunities to make money from betting on games.
Starting off this week's slate of games you want to target is Thursday's matchup between the Florida Gators and the Utah Utes. This is game two of the home and home-that they scheduled from when they played last year in the Swamp where Florida won 29-26.
The game will kick off at 7:00 PM and be played in Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Anthony Richardson carried the Gators' offense with 168 yards passing, 106 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns in the last matchup. Unfortunately for the Gators' Anthony Richardson won't be leading them in the huddle since he was a top-five pick in last year's draft. Leading the Gators' offense is Wisconsin transfer Graham Mertz who has three years of starting experience with the Badgers throwing for over 5,000 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions.
Utah is coming off a ten-win season and winning the Pac-12 over USC. It had just been confirmed on College Football Live that Utah quarterback Cam Rising will NOT be playing against the Gators. They said that Junior Bryson Barnes will get the start for the Utes but the Freshman Nate Johnson will be used as a change-of-pace quarterback.
Under 44 points. Without starting quarterback Cam Rising the Utah offense won't put up as many points as normal. I expect the Utah defense to be able to contain the Florida offense and limit scoring. I also think Utah will win this game even without Cam Rising. Utah statistically has been one of the best teams at home in opening games winning twelve out of the last thirteen home openers. Florida also has never won back-to-back season openers against ranked opponents and is 8-13 all-time in on-the-road season openers.
I think Utah manages the clock with the run game, quarterback Bryson Barnes makes enough throws and Utah plays stout defense. Give me the consistency of Utah at home.
Utah 28 Florida 14
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