College Football Picks: Florida vs. Missouri

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:41 PM GMT

The Florida Gators have suffered major injuries through the first seven weeks of the season, which could lead to another loss against the Missouri Tigers Saturday.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at Memorial Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 12:20 p.m. ET on ESPN3. 

Gear up for this week's action with our College Football Picks: Week 8 Odds Report.

Injuries are piling up

Florida has endured seven season-ending injuries to its roster, as it looks to bounce back from a 17-6 setback to the LSU Tigers as nine-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 49.5.

The Florida Gators have the fourth-highest amount of rushing attempts in the SEC, but have the lowest yards-per-carry average at 3.9—a number that could fall even lower with starting running back Matt Jones suffering a torn meniscus versus the Tigers.

A tall order 

Missouri has compiled a 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS record through six games, but the program will likely be without the services of starting quarterback James Franklin for the remainder of the regular season, as he suffered shoulder injury in last week’s 41-26 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs as 6.5-point road underdogs.

The Tigers will also try to avoid a letdown in this spot, as the victory over the Bulldogs was the program’s first over a Top 10 opponent on the road since 1981.

Watch the line 

College football handicappers need to keep a close eye on the point spread, considering the Gators are 1-6 SUATS in their last seven opportunities as road favorites of three or fewer points.

Florida still has a shot of reaching the SEC championship game, but it also has four of its six remaining games coming against teams ranked in the Top 15 in national polls.

Run the football

The Tigers are second in the SEC in averaging 239.3 yards per game on the ground, which could play an important role against a Gators’ defense that has failed to stop the run effectively due to injuries the last couple weeks.

Missouri has compiled a 5-2 SUATS record in its last seven opportunities as home underdogs of three points or less.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers with their college football picks, as they possess a plus-nine turnover margin, which is seven better than the Gators in that particular category.

College Football Pick: Missouri Tigers +3