We made it to another Saturday and we’re going to play another football game tonight! With so much turmoil around college football — both Graham Mertz and Trevon Lawrence’s positive COVID tests have thrown the seasons for Wisconsin and Clemson up in the air — just getting to gameday can be an accomplishment.
Missouri has a daunting task facing the top 10 ranked Florida Gators. But the Gators have their own daunting task. After a 3-0 start to the season, the Gators have been sidelined as the coronavirus has ripped through a significant enough portion of their team they had to postpone their game on October 17th, and again on the 24th. Florida returned to practice this week only to have six additional positive tests... but apparently they have enough to play today. So let’s get it on!
Missouri-Florida football: Time, Location
TIME: 6:30 p.m. CT
DATE: Saturday, October 31, 2020
LOCATION: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium “The Swamp”; Gainesville, FL
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TELEVISION: SEC Network Alternate
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Missouri-Florida football: Betting odds, predictions
As of Friday evening, Missouri is a 15-point underdog to Florida, according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 67.5.
PICK ‘EM! Florida opened as a two-plus touchdown favorite and the line has held relatively steady. Does Missouri beat the spread for the third-straight week?
Josh Matejka: I’ve been bearish on Missouri against the spread since those first two weeks, and Missouri has proven both times that they’re more than up to the task against LSU and Kentucky. Logic tells me they can’t keep this up, even against a hobbled Gator squad.
But as I said on Twitter last week, Missouri has a swagger that hasn’t existed in this program since the Pinkel years. They’re confident, they’re improving, and more importantly, they smell blood in the water. I’m probably high on my own supply at this point, but that confidence — coupled with Florida’s long stretch of down time and roster uncertainty — puts this game within reach for the Tigers. I think they get it done, along the lines of a 34-30 score.
Brandon Kiley: I think Missouri wins against the spread, but without knowing what the COVID situation is for Florida, I’m going to take the Gators to win straight up, 31-24.
Florida’s offense is a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses, if healthy. Trask to Pitts is one of the best QB to pass catcher combinations in the country. If the Tigers can shut down Pitts, they’ll have a real shot. It’ a fascinating matchup that becomes difficult to predict because of the questions that still remain who will or will not be available for the Gators.
Aaron Dryden: Florida is currently favored by 13, and like last week... it’s just too damn high. Missouri is a good football team, and I’m a bit surprised that the sharks aren’t giving them more respect, but I digress. I like the matchup on offense, and I really think the COVID situation is going to be a factor for Florida in this game. I believe in my Tigers so much that I’m actually going to put my money where my mouth is and bet their money line. Mizzou wins 38-31. I hope Drinkwitz likes going on Finebaum, because ole Pawl will be calling next week to have him on again.
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