The Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators will both look to shake off losses when they square off in the 2015 Citrus Bowl at 1:00 PM ET on Friday, January 1, live from the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. With both teams going all out to get the win and head into the offseason with a positive feeling, let’s find out which team is the right college football betting pick!
How To Bet the Wolverines vs. Gators Citrus Bowl Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, January 1, 1:00 PM ET
Where: Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
TV Stream: ABCSports
LINE: Michigan -4
Michigan is a 4-point favorite to beat Florida while the game’s O/U Total sits at 38.5 after opening at 41. The Wolverines are a -190 pick against the Moneyline while the Gators are a +170 selection.
Why Bet The Florida Gators Odds at +4
Because they’ve got a lockdown defense! Florida (10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS) lost their final two regular season games including their 29-15 loss against Alabama in the SEC title game, but the Gators have an elite defense and plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, even though you’d never know it by the way they played offense this season.
Florida put up just 24.5 points per game to rank 98th in the country, but has an elite defense that limited their opponents to just 16.5 points per game to rank ninth. Starting quarterback Treon Harris has struggled in completing a dismal 51.9 percent of his passes while throwing just nine TD passes and five picks. The Gators have a gifted runner in tailback Kelvin Taylor (985 yards) and a sure-fire first round NFL draft pick in junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the Gators’ first unanimous All-America selection since 2009.
“We’re here to win a ballgame,” head coach Jim McElwain told reporters. “We aren’t here just to go on rides.”
Why Bet The Michigan Wolverines Odds at -4
Because they’ve got Jim Harbaugh and their own elite ‘D’! Despite some offensive struggles this season, Michigan (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) managed to average 30.6 points per game (57th). The Wolverines will have plenty of motivation after getting routed by Ohio State 42-13 in the Big Ten title game.
Starting quarterback Jake Rudock suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to Ohio State, but the senior signal-caller is scheduled to make the start in this contest. Rudock struggled early, but closed out his regular season by throwing for 1,296 yards and 11 touchdowns over his last four games.
The Wolverines also have an elite defense and one that limited its opponents to just 17.2 points per game to rank 11th overall.
My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
A whopping 69 percent of the betting public like Michigan to get the win and ATS cover, but I’m going ‘the other way’ with my Citrus Bowl pick on this contest because of Florida’s elite defense. Gators are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 3-2 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and 2-0 ATS in their last two games following an SU loss while Florida has gone 2-4 ATS in its last six games overall.