College football betting concerns are continuing to mount for the prospects of the Florida Gators after a sloppy college football gambling opener last week.
Sports-Gambling opened with Florida as a 16.5-point home favorite in this matchup with kickoff set for 12:25 PM Eastern. This is the first ever meeting between these two teams.
The South Florida Bulls began the Skip Holtz era with an easy 59-14 blowout win in a tune up home opener against Stony Brook. The Bulls are coming off 5 consecutive bowl seasons under previous head coach and team founder Jim Leavitt, who was fired after the 2009 season for alleged player abuse.
It was also believed that the USF program had reached a plateau under Leavitt and that Holtz, who won back-to-back Conference USA titles at East Carolina, would be the man to take the Bulls to the next level.
South Florida has plenty of talent left behind and an offense that has 10 returning starters led by sophomore quarterback BJ Daniels, who passed for 264 yards and 2 TD’s last week. The Bulls have beaten the NCAA football betting lines in 4 out of their last 5 games as a road dog.
The Florida Gators began their new era without legendary QB Tim Tebow with a 34-12 home win over Miami-OH that was closer than the final score indicated. The Gators failed to cover the NCAA football betting odds as 38-point chalks.
Head coach Urban Meyer was not at all pleased with the result saying, “We’ve got a long way to go.” Florida committed 3 fumbles on their first 3 possessions of the game, botched several snaps, missed a field goal and extra point, shanked a punt, dropped a wide open TD pass, and looked confused and listless in the process.
New quarterback John Brantley was inconsistent. “I’m just happy to get that first game out of the way,” said the new junior starting QB. “First game jitters and new offense. I think we’ll definitely build off this game and get a lot better.”
Florida had gone 8-0 against the spread in non conference college football betting action before last week’s failure.
“We’ll come back and work hard,” said Meyer. “Work hard and try to get better.”