Texas A&M at Florida: Prediction, pick, odds, TV channel, live stream, watch online
Both the Aggies and Gators look to rebound from Week 6 losses
After losing to LSU by a missed extra point, Florida is back at it in "The Swamp" with another SEC West opponent coming to town. This week it's Texas A&M, fresh off a home loss to Alabama, who, like the Gators, is looking to avoid falling further behind in the standings with a second-straight loss.
It'll be a spotlight game on Saturday night under the lights, and Florida will be dressed up for the occasion in these alternate uniforms.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium -- Gainesville, Florida
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN
Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin has dozens of underclassmen playing significant snaps right now, with true freshman Kellen Mond coming into this game riding a two-touchdown performance against Alabama. Mond has improved with more experience (62.7 percent completion rate in three SEC games), and compared to the opponent, could argue that Texas A&M has the quarterback edge in this game. But those underclassmen are facing a type of hostile environment in Gainesville on Saturday night, and how they respond will be a determining factor of this game.
After the UCLA loss, the Aggies rolled off four straight wins. This game is a chance for this young, improving team to get better and potentially go on another run to finish the season strong.
Florida: This has to be one of Florida's best games. The LSU loss can't linger another week and the Gators can't lose at home two weeks in a row. The injury list has more than a handful of key players from both sides of the ball, and that's not even taking into consideration the players who have yet to play in 2017 because of suspensions tied to fraud and misuse of school funds. Whoever does suit up in those special uniforms on Saturday night needs to have one of their best performances of the season to give the team some juice heading into the bye week. Otherwise, we're talking about a banged-up Florida carrying a two-game losing streak into the Georgia game and suddenly fighting for bowl eligibility in the final weeks of the season.
Christian Kirk is the ultimate equalizer here. If you pick Florida, you have to know that at any moment you're one Kirk play away from having your prediction ruined. The oddsmakers say these are two even teams with home field giving the Gators a slight edge, but there is no one on the field who can match Kirk as a playmaker. That said, my pick is Florida, with the Gators defensive front as the group that makes the difference. Pick: Florida -3
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