Florida Atlantic Owls vs Florida Gators Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Atlantic Owls vs Florida Gators
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Gators (-25)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the location where the Florida Gators (8-4 last year) will take on the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-4 last season) on Saturday. Florida Atlantic opens this contest as 25-point dogs. The betting total comes in at 54.5.
The Florida Atlantic Owls wrapped up their year having earned a 5-4 mark. In their last matchup, the Owls played against the Memphis Tigers and ended up losing by a score of 25-10. Nick Tronti connected on 16/32 with 146 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 92.4 and walked away from the game with 1 interception. James Charles was the rushing leader for the Owls with 16 attempts for 82 yards (5.1 yards per attempt). The Florida Atlantic Owls ended up rushing 39 different times and amassed 139 yds, which had them averaging 3.6 yds per carry. In all, they had 74 plays for 290 yards. Florida Atlantic allowed 22 completions on 34 tries for a total of 284 yards, and a completion rate of 64.7%. When it came to stopping the run, the Owls gave up 185 yds on 35 attempts, which averages out to 5.3 yards per rush surrendered.
The Owls earned 2,921 total yards for last year. They gave the ball to the opposition 11 different times. Florida Atlantic compiled 8 passing touchdowns and 12 touchdowns via the ground. Florida Atlantic amassed 161 1st downs as a team, and they committed 42 penalties for 350 yards. As a unit they averaged 180.1 yards on the ground, giving them a rank of 49th in the nation. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Florida Atlantic Owls averaged 18.9 points per outing.
In terms of passing yards, the Owls conceded 1,689 yards which had them sitting in 57th in D-1. During their 9 games played last season, they conceded 187.7 yards per contest through the air in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 54.7%. They allowed 342.2 yards per outing ranking them 35th in the country. They allowed 9 touchdowns through the air and 6 touchdowns on the ground. They allowed 4.2 yards per rush and 154.6 rushing yards per game throughout last year. Overall, they allowed 1,391 rushing yards through 9 games. The Owls were ranked 21st in Division 1 in terms of the opposition scoring, giving up 17.4 PPG.
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The Gators ended the season holding a 8-4 record. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Gators took a defeat with a final score of 55-20 against the Oklahoma Sooners. Kyle Trask finished the contest with 158 yds on 16/28 passing while his quarterback rate was 83.1. He threw 3 picks and his Y/A was 5.6. Dameon Pierce carried the ball 11 times for 60 yards, finishing the contest with 5.5 yards per carry for Florida. The Gators finished with a total of 521 yds on 84 plays (6.2 yds per play). Florida rushed for 6.4 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 250 yds on 39 attempts. Florida conceded 40 rush attempts for 435 yds (10.9 yards per carry). The Gators pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 60.0%, relinquishing 249 yards on 15 for 25 passing.
Concerning their ability to score points, the Gators were ranked 14th in the nation with 39.8 points per game. For the previous year, the Gators threw for 4,543 yards through the air as well as averaging 378.6 passing yards per game, which had them ranked 1st in D-1. They averaged 131.3 yards per game on the ground and rushed for 1,576 yards for the year. The Florida Gators had an average of 509.8 yards/game ranking them 9th in Division 1. The Florida offense had 542 penalty yards on 64 violations, which ranked 40th in college football in terms of making mistakes. They tossed 10 picks while conceding 10 fumbles and they obtained 316 first downs.
Florida yielded a total of 2,046 rushing yards (170.5 yards per contest) and 16 touchdowns by way of the ground game over the course of last season. Their defense earned 7 fumbles recovered and 10 interceptions last season. They allowed the opposition 28 touchdowns through the air in addition to 257.5 yards per game, which had them ranked 115th in Division 1. The Gators defense took the field for 847 plays, which was 138th in college football. Last season, they conceded 370 total points. The Gators conceded 30.8 points per contest, which had them ranked 87th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Gators college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Owls +25
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