Betting lines, odds released for Florida Gators football’s biggest 2017 games

By Adam Silverstein
May 29, 2017
Betting lines, odds released for Florida Gators football’s biggest 2017 games

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The 2017 season is still three full months away, but Las Vegas does not mind trivial details like that. Over the last week, sportsbooks across Vegas have begun releasing betting lines and odds ahead of the season, including those for four of Florida Gators football’s five biggest games.

All odds courtesy of South Point.

Week 1 — Florida (+3) vs. Michigan in Arlington, Texas: The Wolverines are deservedly favored here, though both teams will enter the game with fresh rosters after losing so many players to the 2017 NFL Draft. The Gators will be putting a brand new defense on display, while the favorites have to refresh both sides of the ball. Don’t forget: UM whipped UF 41-7 in the lone meeting between Jim Harbaugh and Jim McElwain in the 2016 Citrus Bowl.

Week 3 — Florida (-5) vs. Tennessee in Gainesville, Florida: You can make an argument that the Vols have been better than the Gators for the last three seasons. What’s strange is that Florida won the two games it should have lost (10-9 in 2014, 28-27 in 2015) and dropped the contest it should have easily won (38-28 in 2016). Still, UF has beat UT in 11 of the teams’ last 12 meetings, plays at home in Week 2 and is not going against the same talent level it has the last few years.

Week 9 — Florida (+3) vs. Georgia in Jacksonville, Florida: The Bulldogs are getting a lot of credit here, especially for a team that has lost six of the last nine to the Gators and has been outscored 89-33 over the last three meetings — all UF victories. Yes, Georgia has a hot-shot sophomore quarterback and two dynamic rushers returning, but that doesn’t seem like enough to get a field goal in a neutral-site game. This should be a pick ’em.

Week 13 — Florida (+5) vs. Florida State in Gainesville, Florida: This is exceedingly generous for the Gators considering UF has dropped six of the last seven to FSU and lost those six games by a combined score of 170-55 (19.2 points per game). Furthermore, the Noles are considered to be a legitimate contender this year, while that is not exactly how one would describe Florida at this time.

The only “big” game missing here is Florida-LSU in Gainesville on Oct. 7 in Week 4.

The rest of UF’s schedule is vs. Northern Colorado (Sept. 9), at Kentucky (Sept. 23), vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 30), vs. Texas A&M (Oct. 14), at Missouri (Nov. 4), at South Carolina (Nov. 11) and vs. UAB (Nov. 18).

One Comment

  1. SW FL Joe says:

    Seems like UGA is getting all the love Tenn got last year. We all know how well that worked out.

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