College football Odds: Alabama vs. Florida Prediction, Odds, Pick and more
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators meet Saturday in Week 3 college football action at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. It’s time to continue our college football odds series by making an Alabama-Florida prediction and pick.
The Crimson Tide are looking for another win after beating Miami and Mercer as the Gators are coming off two wins against FAU and USF. Alabama is looking to start 3-0 for the sixth straight season as Florida is looking for their second 3-0 start in the last three years. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our college football series, which includes the Alabama-Florida odds, prediction and pick we have laid out below:
College football Odds: Alabama-Florida Odds
Alabama Crimson Tide -16.5 (-110)
Florida Gators +16.5 (-110)
Over 59 (-110)
Under 59 (-110)
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Why Alabama Could Cover The Spread
Alabama has proven to consistently be a top college football program and as long as Nick Saban is their head coach, the Crimson Tide will continue to reach the college football playoffs. After losing Mac Jones to the NFL, Bryce Young has stepped up as the starting quarterback. Young is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 571 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The ground game for Alabama is averaging 152.5 yards per contest, with Brian Robinson leading the way with 130 yards and one touchdown. Through the air, Jameson Williams and John Metchie III have combined for 303 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
It comes as no surprise that Alabama always has stud receivers that can break games open in an instant. Florida let up close to 200 passing yards against a porous USF offense, so there is potential for Alabama to shine in the passing game. Defensively, Alabama is allowing only 13.5 points and 241 yards per game.
The Crimson Tide are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games on the road and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven meetings against the Florida Gators. Florida has failed to cover the spread yet this year as well.
Why Florida Could Cover The Spread
The Gators lost Kyle Trask last year, yet their offense seems like it hasn’t missed a beat. Last game against USF, the offense totaled 666 yards. The rushing and passing attack of the Gators was pretty well-balanced as they accumulated 363 yards on the ground and 303 through the air.
Florida averaged 8.3 yards per rush and 12.1 yards per pass last game in their 42-20 win against USF. Florida running backs Anthony Richardson and Malik Davis have a combined 264 rushing yards per game, which is first in the country. If the Gators can manage the clock by running the ball and keeping Saban’s offense off the field, then the Crimson Tide could be in trouble on Saturday.
Although it’s a new season, we saw Florida take Alabama down to the wire back in December losing 52-46 in the SEC championship. Additionally, the Gators score 25 more points per game (38.5) than the Crimson Tide allow (13.5).
Final Alabama-Florida Prediction & Pick
Alabama is a dominant college football team that is tough to bet against. However, Florida has been impressive on the offensive side of the ball totaling 77 points and 609.5 total yards through their first two games. They have a dual threat quarterback in Emory Jones that can run the ball, which Nick Saban defenses have struggled against in the past.
This game is going to be very competitive and would not be surprising if it comes down to a one score game. This spread is a bit too high for a solid Florida team and therefore take the points with the Gators.
Final Alabama-Florida Prediction and Pick: Gators with the points