NCAA football betting handicappers will have to get used to the Gators without star quarterback Tim Tebow, who was a major contributor in 4 college football gambling seasons.
Florida was humbled by Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and head coach Urban Meyer announced his retirement right before the Sugar Bowl, only to change his mind and settle for a leave of absence instead. Junior John Brantley will take over for Tebow at QB and is a much more traditional style player.
The Gators will need to replace 5 starters on offense and 6 on defense but they should be fine as their recruiting has been ranked near the top since Meyer arrived in 2005.
The Georgia Bulldogs have covered just 9 out of 24 games with the NCAA odds in the past two seasons as they have not lived up to expectations. Head coach Mark Richt changed defensive coordinators and has often been at his best when operating under the radar.
Georgia returns 10 starters on offense but will have redshirt freshman Aaron Murray as the new starting quarterback. Murray is surrounded by plenty of talent. Georgia has a very favorable schedule that could make them a dangerous challenger with the key game being in their annual neutral site matchup against Florida at Jacksonville on October 30.
Steve Spurrier has yet to live up to the hype that accompanied him when he took over as coach of South Carolina in 2005 although they have bowled in 4 out of his 5 seasons.
This looks to be Spurrier’s best team yet at USC and if he can get junior quarterback Stephen Garcia to play with more consistency the Gamecocks could finally have that breakthrough season they have always dreamed of.
Tennessee is a train wreck of a program as they are on their third coach in three years and facing potential NCAA sanctions.
The Vols were a surprise value with the college football lines last year in Lane Kiffin’s one year as coach but the turmoil and 13 new starters will make the season difficult as new head coach Derek Dooley is simply hoping to stop the bleeding Kentucky and Vanderbilt also have new coaches for the 2010 NCAA football betting season and Kentucky has the opportunity to leapfrog into their 5th straight bowl.