Florida Commands the College Football Odds in Week 4 Against Kentucky

Florida Commands the College Football Odds in Week 4 Against Kentucky

Written by on September 19, 2017

Week 4 is generally when conference games get underway. There are some big games scheduled for this coming Saturday, and the majority of College Football odds are established, but perhaps none more intriguing than Florida Gators against the Kentucky Wildcats.The Gators are the defending SEC East champions, but their season is off to a bit of a rocky start. Not only have they already taken a loss, but they have also had some time on the sidelines after Hurricane Irma tore through the state, but they are coming into this one after a dramatic win over the Tennessee Volunteers last weekend.The Wildcats will be starting this game with a perfect 3-0 record. They are coming off what had to be described as a bit of a surprise win over the South Carolina Gamecocks, and will be looking to continue their assault on the SEC East division. Florida are a 3-point road favorite for this big SEC match-up, with the point total set at 44 points.

Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats Game Preview & Betting Odds

When: Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. ETWhere: Commonwealth Stadium, KentuckyTV: CBSRadio: WDAE-AM 620 (Florida) / 1530 AM (Kentucky)NCAAF Odds: Florida Gators -3

Auburn at Missouri College Football Odds & Game Preview for Week 4

Latest College Football Odds Trends

-Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games-Florida is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games-The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Florida’s last 9 games-Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games-Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Why bet on the Florida Gators?

The season did not get off to the best start for the Gators, as they were totally humbled by Michigan in Week 1.They were then forced to sit out the second week of the season due to Hurricane Irma cutting a path through the state. They made their return to action last weekend, and had to dig themselves out of a hole in the waning moment of the game. Down by 3 to the Volunteers, the Gators put together a drive that ended with a TD to end the game with a win. It was an emotional comeback, but you still cannot get past the fact that they struggle to beat a Volunteers team that they were favored to beat easily in their own building.This is another game that the Gators are expected to win, especially since they are 10-0 in their last 10 meetings with Kentucky. They are also 9-1 ATS when facing the Wildcats, and have won on their last 5 visits to Commonwealth Stadium.

Team Statistics

Offense:Average Score For: 21.5Total Yards: 286Rush Yards: 89.5Passing Yards: 196.5Defense:Average Score Against: 26.5Total Yards: 437.5Rush Yards: 199Passing Yards: 238.5The Wildcats start the season with an impressive 3-0 record.

Why bet on the Kentucky Wildcats?

The general consensus before the season began was that the Kentucky Wildcats would not really be a challenger in the SEC East, but with 3 wins to start the season, thy are serving notice that they need to be taken seriously. The first two games against non-conference foes were expected to be wind, but it was the game in Week 3 versus the South Carolina Gamecocks that truly signaled the arrival of this team.Kentucky have not exactly been lighting things up offensively through the opening 3 weeks of the season, but where they have been very strong is on defense. They are giving up just a touch over 15 PPG through the opening 3 weeks. This is a Kentucky team that started to get on a roll last season, and they are now 5-1 SU in their last 6 games. They are also 6-2 SU in their last 8 home games, but they are a team that struggle to cover, mostly because they are not the strongest offensive unit in college football.

Team Statistics

Offense:Average Score For: 24.6Total Yards: 347Rush Yards: 156Passing Yards: 191Defense:Average Score Against: 15.33Total Yards: 346Rush Yards: 57Passing Yards: 289

Series History

Total Meetings: 67First Meeting: FLA 0 – KC 52 (1917)Last Meeting: FLA 45 – KC 7 (2016)All-Time Series: FLA 50-17Largest Margin of Victory: FLA +66Longest Win Streak: FLA W30Current Win Streak: FLA 30 winning streak since 1987

College Football Odds Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a tough one to call, especially when you consider how dominant the Gators have been against the Wildcats in recent years. The trends would suggest that this should be a slam dunk for Florida, but this is a very different Kentucky team that what we have become used to. I have a hunch that Kentucky might pull this one out in an incredibly tight game.Score Prediction: Florida Gators 20 Kentucky Wildcats 23