NCAA football gambling handicappers will have a new look Florida team that lost 11 starters from 2009 led by their most valuable NCAA football wagering commodity; Tim Tebow.
Tebow was a 4-year star at quarterback for Florida, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, and the face of the franchise. Florida went 48-7 straight up in the Tebow era with 2 national championships. The Gators were also profitable with the college football odds in the Tebow era as they were in the black in 3 out of his final 4 seasons.
Urban Meyer begins his sixth season as head coach at Florida after suffering what some considered to be a nervous breakdown last year in which he announced his retirement prior to the Sugar Bowl blowout win over Cincinnati, only to back track the next day and settle for a leave of absence that lasted for about a day and a half.
Meyer went on to haul in what was ranked as the top recruiting class in the country.
Junior John Brantley takes over for Tebow at quarterback and will bring a much more traditional style to the position than Tebow. Brantley has a rocket arm and is known as one of the best pure passers in the conference.
Florida is loaded at running back led by junior Jeff Demps and has 4 starters back to man the lines. The receiving corps is highly talented but lacks experience.
The Gators defense has been a key asset with the college football lines as it allowed less than 13 points per game the past 2 seasons but lost 6 starters although Meyer’s recruiting has plenty of raw talent stocked and ready to take over. Overall the Gators are considered the most talented team in the Southeastern Conference.
Meyer is excited about the challenge of 2010 as his team will not be the overwhelming favorite that it was in the Tebow era. A key indicator on where the program stands will be the October 2 showdown at Alabama, who dominated the Gators in a 32-13 win in the SEC title game as a 5-point NCAA football gambling underdog.
“I’ve got a team with a chip on its shoulder,” said Meyer. “That’s exciting to have again.”