Last Updated on November 3, 2020
- The Florida Gators are +4.5 on the spread against the Georgia Bulldogs. The total points mark is set to 52.5.
- Georgia ranks first in total and scoring defense in the SEC, but they will be missing at least four defensive starters.
- Florida has lost three consecutive and six of the last nine against Georgia.
The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party won’t have the same life that it usually does because of COVID-19, but Florida vs. Georgia is always a big game. This year is no different with both teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 Poll.
Florida and Georgia are vying for a chance to play in the SEC Championship Game this year. That’s the path to the College Football Playoff and ultimately, a National Championship for both teams.
This is one of the biggest games of Week 9 of the college football season. Let’s break down the best odds, lines, analysis, and everything else you need to know for Georgia vs. Florida.
Georgia – Florida 2020 Betting Line
Florida is opening as the underdog in this one, but the line depends on the sportsbook. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Gators at +4.5 on the spread and +140 on the moneyline. Meanwhile, BetMGM Sportsbook has Georgia at -3.5 and DraftKings Sportsbook has them at -163 on the moneyline.
Remember, it’s important to search for the best price and lines on each game depending on the sportsbook. The total points mark is set to 52.5 on PointsBet Sportsbook.
Game Preview and Betting Angles
Florida-Georgia games are always a big event. With both teams in the top 10 with one loss, this game has massive implications for how the SEC East shakes out this year.
Florida and Georgia each have one loss, but these teams are polar opposites. Georgia ranks first in the SEC in total defense and scoring defense. Florida ranks third in total offense and second in scoring offense.
The Bulldogs are in the middle of the pack offensively while the Gators have struggled to keep teams from moving the ball at will. Florida’s scoring defense ranks sixth in the SEC and they looked better against Missouri this past weekend, but they are still a liability.
The good news for Florida backers is that former walk-on quarterback Stetson Bennett has come back down to Earth. Bennett has five interceptions with just two passing touchdowns in his last two games. He came out of the gates hot and even started to get a little Heisman Trophy buzz going, but now he’s regressing to the mean.
Florida’s quarterback, on the other hand, continues to light up SEC defenses. Kyle Trask dropped in the race for the Heisman Trophy following Florida’s long layoff due to a COVID-19 outbreak, but he picked up right where he left off against Missouri. Trask has 1,341 yards, 18 touchdowns, and two interceptions in four games.
He has some of the best skill-position players in the country too. Kyle Pitts is an early favorite to win the John Mackey Award for the best tight end in the country. He’s averaging 16.1 yards per catch and already has seven touchdowns on the season.
Last week’s game was the first time in 2020 that Pitts didn’t haul in a touchdown pass. Yet, that wasn’t an issue for the Gators because Kadarius Toney stepped up in a major way. The versatile senior racked up 83 yards from scrimmage and tallied three touchdowns. Trask has options on options with this Gators offense.
So who will win the battle between the high-flying Florida offense and the stout Georgia defense? Well, injuries could be the difference. Georgia could be missing anywhere between four and six defensive starters this Saturday. Let’s be clear, the Bulldogs are one of the deepest teams in the country, but Florida could look to find mismatches for Pitts and Toney to exploit.
Georgia vs. Florida Historical Matchup
This is yet another long and storied rivalry in the SEC. These two SEC East rivals have met 97 times dating all the way back to 1915. Georgia has the upper hand all-time with a 52-43-2 overall record and they have the edge in recent history as well. The Bulldogs are riding a three-game winning streak against the Gators and have won six of the last nine in this rivalry.
How To Watch Florida vs. Georgia
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 7
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)
- TV: CBS
Betting Picks and Score Prediction
Although Georgia has had Florida’s number the last few years, this is the year that Florida will finally bounce back with a win. The injuries on the Georgia defense combined with the regression of Stetson Bennett will open the door for the Gators to secure the win and keep their National Championship hopes alive.
Trask, Pitts, and Toney are too good of a combination and right now in college football, offense is king. Look for Gators head coach Dan Mullen to exploit the mismatches and put up a ton of points in this game. Take Florida on the moneyline.