Eight weeks after they were originally scheduled to play, the No. 6 Florida Gators and LSU Tigers will finally meet on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The teams were initially set to play on Oct. 17, but that game was postponed due to positive coronavirus tests and subsequent quarantining of people within the Gators program. Since the postponement Florida (8-1) has won six consecutive games and has clinched a spot in next week's SEC championship game. Meanwhile LSU (3-5) has struggled with inexperience all season and is coming off a crushing 55-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook pegs the Gators as 23-point favorites in the latest Florida vs. LSU odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 66.5. Before making any LSU vs. Florida picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Florida vs. LSU spread: Gators -23
- Florida vs. LSU over-under: 66.5 points
- Florida vs. LSU money line: Gators -1600, Tigers +850
- UF: QB Kyle Trask leads the country in passing touchdowns (38)
- LSU: DE Ali Gaye ranks second in the SEC in tackles for loss (9.5)
Why Florida can cover
In addition to a Heisman contender in Trask, Florida has arguably the best tight end in the country in Kyle Pitts. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior from Philadelphia ranks fourth in the FBS in touchdown receptions (11) despite playing just seven games. In his last two games, against Kentucky and Tennessee, he had a combined 12 receptions for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
In addition, the Gators are tough to beat at home. Florida has won 12 consecutive games in the Swamp, which is the program's longest streak since a 13-game run that spanned 2008-10. The average margin of victory during the winning streak has been 29.2 points a game, and only two of the 12 games were decided by fewer than two touchdowns.
Why LSU can cover
LSU might be facing a Florida team at just the right time. One week after facing the Tigers, the Gators will square off with No. 1 Alabama for the SEC title and, most likely, a spot in the College Football Playoff. With that showdown looming, Florida could be best served by not pushing its key players a full four quarters against LSU. Even if Saturday's game gets out of hand, the Tigers have a chance to cover via the backdoor.
In addition, defensive end Ali Gaye has the ability to disrupt the Gators passing game. The 6-foot-6, 262-pound junior from Edmonds, Wash., ranks second in the SEC in tackles for loss (9.5). Last week against Alabama, he had a sack and two tackles for loss.
How to make LSU vs. Florida picks
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