Once the playoff committee gathers to start putting together their rankings, they are going to have an extremely difficult job on their hands. Instead of the usual season where they get to compare the merits of teams who have played the same number of games, they are going to be looking at situations where some teams will have played fewer than others. Does a team with a shortened season due to the schedule or COVID cancellations merit a place ahead of a team that played all their games and maybe lost one? One team that will be watching this closely is the Florida Gators, as their season has been disrupted by COVID. Despite that, they are looking very strong and ready to stake a claim for the top 4. This weekend, they will be on the road to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in a game that you would expect Florida to win without too much trouble. After all, they head to Tennessee as a 31 ½ point favorite. That said, let’s have a closer look at both teams so you can bet on their NCAAF odds.
College Football Odds & Picks – Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores
- When: Saturday, November 21 at 12 PM EST
- Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Tennessee
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Gators
At this late stage of the season, it’s fair to start talking about potential Heisman candidates. You can bet that Florida QB Kyle Trask is going to be in the conversation, as he is a big part of why the Gators are currently sitting at #6 in the national rankings. The Florida offense is averaging almost 46 PPG through their opening 6 games, with Trask throwing for over 370 YPG during that run. The Gators need to put on a show in the final weeks if they are to impress the committee after taking a loss to Texas A&M this season. You certainly like their chances to put up some big number here, as they have won 9 of the last 10 against Vanderbilt. While the point spread is certainly big, Florida has covered in 7 of their last 10 games overall.
Why bet on the Commodores
In truth, this game may be more about damage control than anything else for the Commodores. They come into this weekend still looking for their first win of the season, although they had their closest call yet in a 38-35 loss to Kentucky in their last outing. There certainly does not seem to be any hope of an upset here, as the Commodores are on a 12-game home losing streak when the Florida Gators come to visit. One thing to consider, for those of you looking to play Vandy in one way or another, is that they have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 games played in the month of November. They are, though, just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games overall.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As far as the point total goes, 12 of the last 15 games between these two teams have gone OVER. This has all the makings of a blowout win for the Gators, but how long will they keep their foot on the gas if they open up a big lead?
Pick: Florida Gators 55 Vanderbilt Commodores 10