The seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines and the 10th-ranked Florida Gators will met in a season-ending bowl game showdown for the third straight year when they square off in the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday, live from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans. If you’re looking for some value-packed college football bowl game expert picks, then consider your ticket punched!
Florida vs Michigan 2018 Peach Bowl Odds & Pick
- When: Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: Florida / Michigan
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- 2018 Peach Bowl Odds: Michigan -6.5 / Total: 51
- Overcast: 13°C/55°F
- Humidity: 65%
- Precipitation: 15%
- Wind: 6 mph NW
- Cloud Cover: 97%
- Type of Stadium: Retractable
Why Bet On The Florida Gators?
Why should you consider betting on No. 10 Florida in this contest? Well, because the Gators have some nice momentum, having won three straight games to close out the regular season including their 41-14 blowout win over in-state rival Florida State on Nov. 24.
Another good reason to back the Gators is because they are pretty elite on both sides of the ball in averaging 34.5 points per game (32nd) while allowing just 20.4 points per contest defensively (21st). This season, quarterback Feleipe Franks has thrown for 2,284 yards with 23 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing a modest 58.5 percent of his passes.
- Average Score For: 34.50
- Total Yards: 426.50
- Pass Yards: 217.17
- Rush Yards: 209.33
- Average Score Against: 20.42
- Total Yards: 339
- Pass Yards: 173
- Rush Yards: 166
Why Bet on the Michigan Wolverines?
Why should you consider betting on No. 7 Michigan in this matchup? Well, the best reason would be because they’re highly motivated to rebound from their completely embarassing 62-39 season-ending loss against Ohio State on Nov. 24. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak and ruined any shot the Wolverines had of potentially reaching the four-team CFP.
Another good reason to back the Wolverines is because they are statistically better on both sides of the ball. Michigan averages 36.8 points per game (19th) while allowing just 17.5 points per game defensively (12th). This season, quarterback Shea Patterson has thrown for 2,364 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions.
- Average Score For: 36.83
- Total Yards: 427.25
- Pass Yards: 212.92
- Rush Yards: 214.33
- Average Score Against: 17.58
- Total Yards: 262.50
- Pass Yards: 139.42
- Rush Yards: 123.08
Florida vs Michigan 2018 Peach Bowl Betting Trends
- Florida is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
- Florida is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Florida’s last 7 games
- Michigan is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
- Michigan is 1-0 ATS versus Florida over the last 3 seasons
- Michigan is 1-0 SU against Florida over the last 3 seasons
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Florida vs Michigan
For this season-ending bowl game matchup, I’m going to urge you to back Michigan to get back in the win column in a big way against Florida to cover the spread as a field goal favorite.
While Florida is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 bowl games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, Michigan has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and I believe the Gators are just a bit better on both sides of the ball and definitely better under center where Shea Patterson is far more accurate than Feleipe Franks.
Michigan was looking really good – until they ran into Ohio State. I see no reason why they won;t be able to hand a good, but not great Florida team in this one.
2018 Peach Bowl Pick: Michigan 28 Florida 21