With conference championships looming next weekend, we’re looking for early value on the NCAA football odds board in three SEC-ACC matchups Saturday.
NCAAF Season Record: 39-42-5 (-4.05)
It’s hard to believe that nothing is riding on this year’s matchup between the Florida State Seminoles and Florida Gators. And when I say nothing, I mean the big fat zilcho with not even a chance to become bowl eligible hanging in the balance. That isn’t keeping us from making the noon (ET) boot at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium our first Bloody Mary stop, the visiting Seminoles lay 5 on the NCAA football odds with 44 for the total.
Both teams have been solid fades up to now, Florida State covering its first game of the year a week ago in a 77-6 rout of Delaware State and Florida 3-7 against the spread. The Gators own a Florida 34-25-2 in the rivalry, but it’s the ‘Noles who have won the last four and 6 of 7 with the ‘under’ prevailing seven of last eight meetings.
Following a wet Thanksgiving and Black Friday, rain is supposed to push out of Gainesville for this game and leave partly cloudy skies with temps in the upper 60s. It’s hard to find much value on either side, so I’ll go with the recent series trend on the scoreboard.
Peach State Rivals Collide In Atlanta
A few hours north of Gainesville finds our next SEC-ACC stop as the Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets collide at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The 112th renewal of this rivalry finds Georgia an 11-point favorite with 51-52 for the total.
I don’t believe there is much danger in Kirby Smart’s squad looking past the Yellow Jackets and to next week’s SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs still have their eyes on making it to the College Football Playoff, and they understand how dangerous Georgia Tech can be having felt the Yellow Jackets’ sting in two of the last three clashes. It should be mostly cloudy with temps in the low 60s for the contest, and I’m going to add an ‘over’ play to my free college football picks.
Football 1st, Basketball Next For Louisville & Kentucky
A 5-hour drive north wraps up our early Saturday jaunt, and wouldn’t we also like to catch Louisville and Kentucky on the hardwood following combat on the gridiron at Commonwealth Stadium? We won’t have to wait long to see the Cardinals and Wildcats do just that with their basketball squads meeting in Lexington a little more than a month from now. Until then, there’s still something to see on the football field with both teams looking for their eighth wins to move up in the bowl pecking order.
Kentucky owns a 15-14 edge in the football part of this rivalry after winning a wild one in Louisville a year ago, 41-38. The Cardinals had won the previous five, and their backers have returned to the pay window four of the last six encounters. Bookmaker has The Ville laying 10 with 68 for the total, and I’ll bit on an ‘over’ this time.Free NCAAF Picks: UF-FSU Under 44; UGA-Georgia Tech Over 51; UofL-UK Over 68Best Lines Offered: Bookmaker