NCAA Odds Football Picks – Gators Look To Rebound From Crushing Loss Against LSU Saturday


College Football PicksOne of the most highly anticipated match ups for week six of the college football betting season is now looking as though it could end up being a dud, as the number-14 ranked Florida Gators host the number-12 ranked LSU Tigers in an SEC contest. The Gators were hyped as a team that could challenge Alabama’s supremacy atop the NCAAF entering their contest last weekend at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and ended up getting absolutely rolled over by the Crimson Tide 31-6. Can Florida head coach Urban Meyer get his team back in it before this weekend?

LSU Tigers @ Florida Gators

Saturday October 9, 2010 – 7:30 PM ET

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

Broadcast: ESPN

Odds: Florida - 7

Total: 43

The Tigers travel after three straight sports betting wins at home, including only one against a ranked opponent, which was a 20-14 win over number-22 West Virginia. LSU barely got through a visit from the Tennessee Volunteers, prevailing 16-14, which made it consecutive weeks over which the Tigers have one by less than seven points. Both teams may have gotten the benefit of being hyped too much entering this season, and a loss for either team could be a pull back to reality.

NCAA Handicapping: What LSU Will Have To Do To Win?

Despite getting the win last weekend against Tennessee, LSU head coach Les Miles is still treating this week as though his team is coming off of a loss, as a two-point win over a Volunteers’ team that wasn’t expected to keep it close has people talking. Miles has come under fire recently for his questionable play-calling and game management skills-or lack thereof, and despite six winning seasons including a national title, is feeling the heat a little bit. Despite being a run-oriented team, quarterback Jordan Jefferson will need to be much better under center for the Tigers to have a Northbet shot. With two touchdowns and six interceptions so far this season, Jefferson has not nearly been good enough.

NCAA Handicapping: What Florida Will Have To Do To Win?

The Gators were held to just three points against Alabama last week, and will need to be much better than that to bounce back with a win this week. Quarterback John Brantley has had his share of struggles this year replacing NFL betting star Tim Tebow, and will need to be better than the two interceptions and 50-percent completion percentage he put up against the Crimson Tide. The onus isn’t entirely on the offense however, as Florida allowed 24 of the 31 points Alabama scored in the first half. The defense will need to better this week to give the Gators a shot.

NCAA Handicapping: Outlook & Pick

The Gators are coming off a crushing loss, and despite that LSU hasn’t looked its best over the past couple of weeks, a touchdown may be too much to expect of Florida this week.

NCAA Football Betting Pick: LSU +7

Sportsbook Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills Picks


NFL PicksThe betting world was witness to something pretty special in the week four game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts. Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard was playing for his job, but he did not panic. He managed the game and was efficient in his decisions. He threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 105 yards and a touchdown.

The NFL betting experts also got to watch a team like the Jaguars beat a team like the Colts while making a hero out of Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee. In the final play of the game, Scobee kicked a 59-yard field goal that gave the Jags their first win of the season and knocked the Colts to a mediocre record of 2-2.

The football betting in Buffalo has been pretty predictable this season. The Bills are 0-4, but it looks to be the result of their own bad planning . . . again. Trent Edwards started the season as the Bills quarterback. Last season Edwards showed no signs of being an NFL quarterback and was pulled halfway through the season for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bills went 5-4 under Fitzpatrick. Despite that, the Bills started Edwards again in 2010. After two losses, Edwards was benched and then cut. Fitzpatrick is now the starter in Buffalo, but he missed out on the chance to work with the first team offense in training camp. With Fitzpatrick playing catch-up with the offense, the Bills have dropped to 0-4.

The NFL Northbet predictions surrounding this game have a lot to do with the Jacksonville defense and running game. The Bills have shown no ability all season long to stop any team’s running game, and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew looks to have a field day against the Bills defense.

The Jacksonville defense shut down the Colts running game that included one of the best offensive lines in football and Super Bowl running back Joseph Addai. Addai was held to only 63 yards in week four against the Jaguars. The front seven of the Jacksonville defense offer a formidable challenge to the Bills running game. The Bills offensive line has not given any indication that they will be able to put up much of a fight against a defense like the Jaguars.

In Jacksonville there are a lot of people trying to hold on to their jobs. Quarterback David Garrard is looking over his shoulder every week at a growing list of replacement candidates. But his ability to manage the game against the Colts was impressive, and it has bought Garrard some time. Head coach Jack Del Rio can feel the heat every time his team steps on to the field. Being blunt about it, if Del Rio cannot get the Jaguars into the playoffs this season then he may find himself out of a job by season’s end.

The Buffalo Bills offer the perfect vehicle for Garrard and Del Rio to continue showing why they deserve to keep their jobs for at least one more season. As the Bills head to an 0-5 record, the bye week is starting to look very good..

Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars 37-10


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