Florida Gators vs Virginia Cavaliers Picks, Odds, Orange Bowl Prediction 12/30/2019
Game: Florida Gators vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Monday, December 30, 2019
Location: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Virginia +14.5
Kyle Trask and the Florida Gators are headed to Hard Rock Stadium on Monday, December 30 where they'll meet the Virginia Cavaliers in the Orange Bowl. Virginia opens this contest as 14.5-point dogs. The Gators are 8-4-0 ATS and 5-7-0 when betting on the total. The Cavaliers are 9-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-6-1 against the spread.
In their last game, the Florida Gators went up against the Florida State Seminoles and earned the victory by a score of 40-17. Emory Jones led the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 15 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He scurried for 33 yards by way of 7 carries which meant he averaged 4.7 yards per run. Kadarius Toney was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 65 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 16.3 yards per reception for the game. Running the show from under center for the Gators was Kyle Trask who went 30/41 with 343 yards passing and added 3 TD's. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Gators ended up running the ball 25 times and earned a total of 77 yards earning them an average of 3.1 yards per run. Overall, the Gators earned 26 first downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 25 yards which means they were extremely disciplined in this game. On the day, they totaled 73 plays which gave them a total of 467 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Florida allowed 16 completions on 25 tries for a total of 181 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.0%. On the ground, the Gators allowed 69 yards on 31 carries which means they had an average of 2.2 yards per run allowed. For the game, they gave up 250 yards but didn't force any takeaways.
The Gators come into this game with a record of 10-2 this year. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 33 points per contest, ranking them 38th in college football. As a team, they are averaging 120.5 yards on the ground per game which is 14th in the SEC. For total yardage, they are currently ranked 6th in the Southeastern Conference and 56th in college football with 5,051 yards. The Gators have one of the best defenses in Division 1, giving up 14.4 points per game ranking them 2nd in the Southeastern Conference. In discussing yards on the ground, Florida is allowing 109.6 yards per game which has them at 2nd in the Southeastern Conference and 15th in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.3 yards per rush ranking them 2nd in the conference and 15th in the country overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,315 yards rushing through 12 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Gators have conceded 3,605 yards. Teams are completing 59.3% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.6 yards per try.
In their last game, the Virginia Cavaliers played the Clemson Tigers and lost 62-17. Bryce Perkins paced the team in rushing for that contest. He tore off a long run of 12 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 58 yards on 17 carries which meant he averaged 3.4 yards per tote. Hasise Dubois was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 130 yards on 10 catches. He earned an average of 13.0 yards per reception for that contest. Leading the way at QB for the Cavaliers was Bryce Perkins who went 27/43 with 266 yards passing and completed 2 touchdowns. He tossed 2 interceptions in the game. The Cavaliers ended up running the ball 27 times and totaled 104 yards giving them an average of 3.9 yards per run. On the day, the Cavaliers had a total of 23 first downs and they had 3 penalties for 27 yards which is telling of the great week of practice this squad had. On the day, they ran 75 plays for 387 yards. In terms of defense, Virginia allowed 21 catches on 29 tries for a total of 408 yards, and a completion percentage of 72.4%. Overall, they gave up a total of 619 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover. On the ground, the Cavaliers allowed 211 yards on 38 attempts which gave them an average of 5.6 yards per attempt allowed.
The Cavaliers step onto the field holding a record of 9-4. In discussing the offensive production, the Cavaliers have one of the top tier offenses in the country. Virginia hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 126.5 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 113th in D-1. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,645 rushing yards through 13 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Cavaliers average 390 yards per game overall ranking them 83rd in the country and 9th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers are giving up 26.5 points per contest ranking them 6th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 59th in Division 1. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road units in D-1. They are giving up 228.2 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Cavaliers are ranked 6th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When it comes to points given up, they have allowed 345 total points. When it comes to yards rushing, they are giving up 131.6 yards per contest ranking them 30th in college football and 5th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. For the 2019 season, they have allowed a total of 1,711 rushing yards and 19.5 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Gators/Cavaliers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cavaliers +14.5
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