College football gambling respect is high for Meyer despite a bad final season this year as he made Florida a top NCAA football gambling commodity during his 6 years on the job.
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL will be the site for the Outback Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Penn State Nittany Lions. ABC will telecast the matchup with a start time of 1 PM ET on New Year’s Day. Sports-Gambling opened with Outback Bowl odds of Florida as a 7 point favorite and with a total of 48.
Florida has a record of 7-5 straight up and 6-6 with the NCAA odds. The Gators were an even 6-6 split on over/unders this year. Florida finished a distant 2nd in the Southeastern Conference East Division and lost 2 of their final 3 games including their season finale at Florida State 31-7. Urban Meyer announced his resignation effective after this game.
Meyer had a phenomenal run at Florida that included 2 national championships. Meyer retired after last season only to change his mind a day later but he became totally burned out and frustrated with the inability to develop a champion this year without departed QB Tim Tebow.
Florida never found a rhythm or consistency and went through a horrible 3 game losing streak to Alabama, LSU, and Mississippi State at the start of October.
It is ironic that 83 year old Joe Paterno is not the man coaching his final game as he intends to return to Penn State next year after the Nittany Lions went 7-5 straight up and 5-7 with the NCAA football lines this year. Penn State went over the total 7 times and finished 5th in the Big Ten Conference race. The Nits are young and Paterno expects a title run for 2011.
Penn State has gotten the money in just 2 of their last 8 non conference college football gambling matchups. The Nittany Lions are 2-5 against the spread versus teams with a winning record. Florida has paid out in 4 of their last 5 bowl games and 6 of their last 7 neutral site games as a favorite as well as 20 of their last 27 non conference games.