Florida Gators @ Alabama Crimson Tide
Saturday October 2, 2010 – 8:00 PM ET
Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
College Football Vegas Odds: Alabama – 9.5
Both Florida and Alabama have opened the season with four College Football Predictions wins, and while each have taken a different road to week five, both have the chance to gain the upper hand in the SEC. The Gators have struggled to adjusting to life without NFL betting quarterback Tim Tebow there to win the Heisman trophy leading their offense, but after the biggest win of their year are being hyped by the national media as being primed to pull off the upset.
NCAA Handicapping: What Florida Will Have To Do To Win
The last time the Gators played Alabama, head coach Urban Meyer was rushed to hospital with chest pains hours after the game, and reportedly considering leaving the game for good due to stress afterwards. Meyer will head in to this game with a different mindset, perhaps more tempered, with expectations for Florida lower this year. The Gators have improved every week leading up to their showdown with the Crimson Tide, bouncing South Florida and Tennessee in consecutive betting weeks before blowing away Kentucky 48-14.
NCAA Handicapping: What Alabama Will Have To Do To Win
The Crimson Tide are rolling, knocking off wins over Penn State and Duke in consecutive weeks before a huge comeback victory over Arkansas. The Razorbacks jumped out to a 17-7 lead at home against Alabama, only to watch as head coach Nick Saban’s side battled all the way back to set up a touchdown by Mark Ingram in the final minutes to steal a 24-20 win. Quarterback Greg McElroy threw more interceptions than he did touchdowns for the first time this season, but Ingram and fellow running back Trent Richardson helped bail him out with over 200 yards and two touchdowns. If McElroy can avoid costly turnovers, and the defense can continue to stand tall, the Crimson Tide should be able to continue their undefeated run.
NCAA Handicapping: Outlook & College Football Picks
Despite the buildup for this game, and the fact that the winner of the last two meetings between them went on to win the national title, neither team will fall off the radar for a national title shot with a loss. That said, Florida will have a tough time getting to the big game regardless, and despite being hyped big time for this game are not ready to take down a football betting giant such as Alabama. The Crimson Tide are rolling, and nothing about their season so far suggests they won’t steam right through the Gators this weekend. NCAA Football Betting Pick: Alabama -9.5
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