The college football betting season persists this week, giving US sportsbook players the perfect reason to wager on collegiate football. Week 3 brings plenty of intriguing matchups to pay special heed to, like this Saturday’s contest between the No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers and the No. 24 Florida Gators.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Florida Gators – Saturday, September 16th
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville
Start Time: 3:30 pm ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Online Stream Options: CBS Sports, Watch ESPN
There’s nothing like a battle between two ranked SEC teams to give US sportsbook players the extra energy they need to get out of bed. Both programs hail from the East Division, so it goes without saying that bad blood will be brewing this weekend. Tennessee is currently tied for 2nd in the East with their flawless 2-0 record while Florida is currently penultimate. Will this Saturday’s outcome result in a facelift in the division? Let’s see what the top sportsbook sites have to say about it.
US Sportsbook Betting Odds:
No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers +5 ½ (-110) – +180
No. 24 Florida Gators -5 ½ (-110) – -220
Interestingly enough, college football betting sportsbooks have decided to come out in favor of Florida over Tennessee. Which is surprising, considering that the Volunteers are ranked higher in the nation and also come into this contest with a better record.
The Volunteers are coming off a 9-4 (4-4 in SEC play) season that saw them finish 2nd in the East Division. In Butch Jones’ 5th season at the helm, Tennessee will be looking to climb further up the college football rankings. Last season they finished 24th so they’ll be looking to finish at least within the top-20 programs in the nation.
Tennessee comes into this contest with a stellar 2-0 record. In Week 1, the Volunteers dodged a bullet by scraping past the Georgia Tech yellow Jackets 42-41. The following week Tennessee would deliver a much better performance against the Indiana State Sycamores, bullying them 42-7.
The Gators are coming off a 9-4 season (6-2 in SEC play) that gave way to a 1st place finish in the East Division. In the SEC championship match, Florida fell short against No. 1 Alabama 16-54. This season, the Gators will by vying for an SEC title but the ultimate goal is to crack the college football playoffs.
Florida got their first opportunity to make head way on that goal in Week 1 when they faced off against No. 11 Michigan. Unfortunately for Gator fans, Florida let that opportunity slip through their fingers as they fell to Michigan 33-17. The Gators were outgained 433-192 in total yardage in that contest.
The Gators were set to face the Northern Colorado Bears for their Week 2 matchup. However, Hurricane Irma forced the NCAA to cancel that contest. Because of this, we still have a lot to find out about this year’s Gators.
Top Sportsbook Bets: The Gators still have a lot to prove and there’s too much value on Tennessee to make any other pick.