College football betting handicappers continue to have concern about the offensive woes of the Florida Gators as they are yet to click into high gear this college football gambling season.
The #22 Florida Gators will host the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday with an ESPNU telecast set for 7 PM Eastern Time. Sports-Gambling opened with Florida as an 8 point home favorite.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs have a record of 4-2 straight up and 3-3 with the NCAA football betting lines. Mississippi State is coming off a big win at Houston 47-24 as 4 point favorites as they mauled the Cougars with 409 yards rushing led by Vick Ballard, who had 134 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Mississippi State ranks 21st in the nation for rushing while their defense ranks 22nd for points allowed as 2nd year coach Dan Mullen continues to show a much improved and fundamentally sound program.
Ballard is averaging 7.3 yards per carry while quarterback Chris Relf is 2nd on the team in rushing and is averaging 7.8 yards per pass attempt.
The Florida Gators have a NCAA football betting record of 4-2 straight up and 3-3 against the spread. The Gators are coming off a crushing 33-29 loss in the final seconds to LSU last week as 6.5 point home favorites. LSU dominated with a 385-243 yardage edge as the game was not an accident and should not have been so close.
Florida has simply not moved beyond the Tim Tebow offense of the past 4 years as they rank 96th in the nation for total offense and 87th for passing while the defense ranks 37th for points allowed. Quarterback John Brantley is averaging just 6.2 yards per attempt with a 6/4 TD/INT ratio.
Mullen was offensive coordinator at Florida before taking the head coaching job at Mississippi State which gives him a unique advantage and his team plenty of motivation for this college football betting matchup. Florida is a struggling team that is not in sync offensively and is ripe for a potential upset loss.
Florida has gotten the money in just 1 out of their last 5 meetings with Mississippi State.