Florida vs Mississippi State College Football Odds, College Football Predictions & College Football Picks: The Florida Gators are in Starkville, Mississippi this weekend to take on SEC rival Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm ET at Davis Wade Stadium and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN. College Football Odds at online bookmaker SBGglobal.com have Florida listed as a -23 against the spread road favorite.
Florida survived a huge scare last weekend, just getting by Arkansas 23-20 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, to move to 6-0 and further secure their first place position atop the SEC East. The Gators trailed late but scored 10 fourth quarter points to pull out the narrow win. Quarterback Tim Tebow directed Florida's offense, which had four turnovers in the game, to 24 first downs and 391 total yards while completing 17-of-26 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 27 times for 69 yards.
Florida's banged up defense, which could be minus up to three starters against the Bulldogs, gave up 357 yards to the Razorbacks, but still retained their spot as the nation's top unit.
Head Coach Urban Meyer indicated his team better not sleep on Mississippi State, despite the Bulldogs 3-4 record.
"We better be ready," Meyer said. "They are doing everything on defense that [has] bothered us on offense."
The Bulldogs snapped a three game losing streak last weekend, beating Middle Tennessee State 27-6 in Murfreesboro. Mississippi State's defense held the Blue Raiders to 248 total yards and a 1.7 yards per carry average in the win. They also created four turnovers while the offense went without a ball security miscue for the first time this season. The Bulldogs are currently -4 in turnover margin on the year, despite last week's effort. If they can hang on to the ball, something they could not do in losses to LSU, Georgia Tech, and Houston, than they may have a shot at staying in this game.
Head Coach Dan Mullen has more than staying in it on his mind, though.
"We're coming in, planning to win the football game," Mullen said. "You never go play a game that you think you can't win. Our guys are focusing on winning the game, and focusing on doing the things you have to do to win the football game."
College Football Odds Betting Trend: The Bulldogs are 1-3 straight up but 4-0 against the spread over the last five years when playing as a home dog coming off a road win.
Florida Gators -23 (-105), Over 49.5 (-110)
Mississippi State Bulldogs +23 (-105), Under 49.5 (-110)
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