Top sportsbooks online favor the home team when the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators play on Saturday in week 15 of college football action at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
LSU Tigers vs. Florida Gators NCAAF Betting Odds by MyBookie.ag
|LSU||+23 (-110)||67½ (-110)||+950|
|Florida||-23 (-110)||67½ (-110)||-1450|
Betting LSU Tigers
The Tigers are the road underdogs according to the best online sportsbooks. The Tigers are stacked with young talent. They can explode against any opponent that takes them lightly. “They’ve got a lot of talent,” Florida’s Coach Mullen said. “They put up a lot of points. They’ve lost a lot of guys, so they’re a young team. [LSU has] some playmakers and mismatches on offense from the running backs,” Mullen added. “Different wideouts that can cause you issues. Defensively, they got DBs that can cover on the back end and a big physical group up front.”
Last week against No. 1 Alabama, 33 of the 55 players that LSU placed on the field were underclassmen. Nineteen true freshmen have set foot on the gridiron for the Tigers. Although the Tigers lost 55-17 to Alabama, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, “I was pleased the offense scored 17 points. We missed that fourth-and-short going in to tie the game 7-7. Could have been a difference in the ballgame very early. We didn’t get that done. We have to improve on that stuff. I thought overall offensively we made some improvements in some areas.”
LSU has employed a number of QBs this season. Its current depth chart includes the word “or” frequently. For example, it will be either TJ Finley “or” Max Johnson to start Saturday. More “or’s” appear up and down the two-deep. Many players opting out, such as top receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. and, maybe, tight end Arik Gilbert, have introduced the word “nor” into the conversation.
Betting Florida Gators
The Gators are the home chalk per top sportsbooks online. Mullen is aware that his own team has been by no means perfect. He alluded to last week’s game when unranked Tennessee scared the Gators in their 31-19 win.
“We’ve just got to execute better,” Mullen said. “It’s not to say we weren’t very good. I think we missed a lot of opportunities last week. I think we had three possessions start on the plus side of the field with zero points. We should be 100 percent on that. I think we left 21 points on the field.”
Execution is the forté of Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Kyle Trask. He has passed for 3,243 yards with 38 TDs and just three picks. “The guy is tough. He’s tough, a competitor,” Orgeron said. “He [Mullen] found him. He’s a diamond in the rough. I think you look at 38 touchdowns to three interceptions. The way he operates, the way he finds the guys. Dan is a great gameday caller. He knows exactly what to do with his quarterback. I think it’s a combination of a great quarterback and a great caller.”
LSU Tigers vs. Florida Gators NCAAF Pick
There will be no repeat championship for the Tigers. But a couple of wins in the next few games could land the Tigers a bowl berth. Orgeron would settle for that. “Another chance to compete, another chance for young players to get better, more practice time,” he said.
The Tigers are coming off a whupping from Alabama. Nothing went right in that game. Their last three losses have been come by an average of 29.3 points. The Florida Gators are one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country. and their defense has improved as well. They have allowed an average of 15.3 points in their past three games.
There’s concern that Florida is looking past LSU, what with Alabama waiting in the wings for the SEC title. This still does not bode well for LSU, though. The Gators can do many things offensively to abuse this Tigers defense. Users of top sportsbooks online should take Florida and the points.