Utah Utes vs Florida Gators Prediction, 9/3/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs Florida Gators
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Gators (+1.5)
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is the location where the Florida Gators (6-7 last year) will take on the Utah Utes (10-3 last season) on Saturday. Florida opens this game as 1.5-point underdogs. The betting total is set at 53.
The Utah Utes finished the season having a 10-3 record. In their last game, the Utes went up against the Ohio State Buckeyes and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 48-45. Cameron Rising connected on 17/22 with 214 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 189 and walked away from the contest without throwing an interception. Cameron Rising was the best rusher for the Utes with 11 carries for 92 yds (8.4 yards per carry). The Utah Utes ran the rock 44 times and amassed 226 yards, earning them an average of 5.1 yards per attempt. Once the final whistle blew, they tallied 68 plays for 463 yards. Utah conceded 37 pass completions on 47 attempts for a total of 573 yds, and a completion percentage of 78.7%. Against the run, the Utes conceded 110 yards on 20 attempts, which is an average of 5.5 yds per rush allowed.
When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Utah Utes held an average of 35.5 PPG. As a team they maintained an average of 216.3 yards rushing, which ranked them 13th in D-1. The Utes attained 5,574 total yards for the prior campaign. Utah compiled 21 passing touchdowns and 35 touchdowns on the ground. Utah earned 315 1st downs as a unit, and they committed 62 penalties for 573 yds. They turned the ball over 14 different times.
The Utes ranked 22nd in the nation when it comes to team defense, conceding 20.6 points per contest. They allowed teams to run for an average of 3.6 yards per run and 122.0 yards on the ground per game last season. For the season, they conceded 1,586 yards on the ground in 13 games. When it comes to passing yardage, the Utes conceded 2,539 yds which ranked them 28th in the country. Over the course of their 13 games, they allowed 195.3 yards per contest through the air in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 59.4%. They surrendered 317.3 yards per outing which ranked them 10th in D-1. They gave up 16 touchdowns through the air as well as 10 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Gators ended the season holding a 6-7 record. In their last game, the Gators walked away with a loss by a score of 29-17 when they played the UCF Knights. Emory Jones finished the game with 171 yds on 14/36 through the air while his quarterback rate was 78.8. He didn't throw any interceptions and his Y/A was 4.8. Malik Davis carried the ball 7 times for 86 yards, walking away from the game with 12.3 yards per attempt for Florida. Florida ended up running for 6.8 yards per tote, totaling 205 yards on 30 carries. The Gators finished the contest with a total of 376 yards while running 67 plays (5.6 yards per play). The Gators pass defense gave up a completion rate of 60.0%, surrendering 148 yds on 15 out of 25 through the air. Florida gave up 50 rush attempts for 288 yds (5.8 yds per rush).
The Florida Gators averaged 464.1 yards per contest, which was good for 15th in college football. The Florida offense compiled 923 yds of penalties on 105 violations, ranking them 7th in college football in terms of making mistakes. Last season, the Gators compiled 3,303 passing yards together with averaging 254.1 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 46th in Division 1. When it comes to how much they scored, the Gators had a ranking of 48th in D-1 holding an average of 30.7 points per game.
The Gators relinquished 26.8 points per contest, which had them sitting 73rd in the nation. Florida allowed a total of 2,131 yards on the ground (163.9 yards/game) and 18 touchdowns via the rush last season. In total, they gave up 348 points in total. They surrendered 18 touchdowns via the pass and 203.9 yards/outing, which had them ranked 26th in the nation. The Gators defense took the field for 874 plays, which was good for 81st in college football.
Who will win tonight's Utes/Gators college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Utes -1.5
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