College Football Picks: Play Gators -3 as Kentucky's Hex Against Florida Continues

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:05 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2015 5:05 PM GMT

We’re going to take an look at Week 3 SEC clash between Florida and Kentucky. Go inside as we breakdown the odds and find the best college football picks to play with this Saturday.

Kentucky Looking to Halt Futility Against Florida
Kentucky will host Florida on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. The opening kickoff is slated for 7:30 PM ET, and it will air live on the SEC Network. According to current (9/15) College Football Betting Odds for this contest, Florida is a 3.0 point favorite across the board and the total is either 52.0 or 52.5. Saying that Florida has dominated this head-to-head series would be an understatement of the utmost degree. The Gators have defeated Kentucky 28 consecutive times. The last Kentucky win over Florida came way back on 11/15/1986.

 

Early Results for McElwain are Positive
Florida has opened the 2015 campaign with a perfect 2-0 start under new head coach Jim McElwain. The former Alabama offensive coordinator and Colorado State head coach has already put a stamp on his new team. McElwain came to Gainesville with a reputation as having an astute offensive mind. Florida has averaged 46.0 points and 489.5 yards of total offense per game so far. Granted that neither New Mexico State nor East Carolina are the caliber of teams they’ll face in the SEC. However, their offensive numbers are encouraging nonetheless, and especially compared to what they were during the tenure of former head coach Will Muschamp.

 

Stop the Presses!
The Kentucky Wildcats won a SEC game, and did it on the road to boot? Yes indeed, that was the case last Saturday when they won at South Carolina 26-22 as a 7.0 point underdog. Entering this season, Kentucky was 3-28 in SEC play since 2011, so you can understand the impact resulting from that win for a Wildcats football program sorely needing a boost of confidence. That victory last Saturday also ended a 20 game losing streak on the road versus SEC opponents. The Wildcats have averaged a more than respectable 417 yards of total offense, and the defense has forced 5 turnovers during their first two contests.

 

Final Analysis
This won’t be one of my best college football picks this week. If you put the proverbial gun to my head, I just couldn’t take Kentucky as a small underdog based on their history that was already alluded to. I’ll have the tiniest of leans here on the road favorite.

College Football Pick: Play on Florida -3.0 at GTBets

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