For college football betting fans the prospect of #4 University of Florida hosting #13 Miami is mouthwatering and after first glance at this September 4th matchup fans could be forgiven for jumping to conclusion. The Gators will in fact host Miami, just not the highly ranked University of Miami Hurricanes, but rather the Miami of Ohio Redhawks.
Talk about a buzzkill.
Nonetheless this should be just about as interesting a game as sports betting fans will see on Saturday for no other reason than it will be the first game for the Gators without Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, arguably the greatest player in NCAA football betting history.
Tebow was the face of this team and university for four years and was just about as successful as any player has ever been at that level. He will be sorely missed by the Gator Nation, to be sure.
But don’t cry for the Gators. This team is still the fastest in the country as evidenced by the team’s starting tailback Jeff Demps who is also the NCAA outdoor 100 meter sprint champion and a likely member of the Team USA Olympic squad in 2012. In college football speed is the difference maker and no squad in college football betting has more speed than coach Urban Myers team.
Speed alone isn’t enough to win a national championship but it sure helps and it should be more than enough to dispatch Florida’s Mid-American Conference opponent in the team’s season opener.
The Miami (OH) Redhawks are coming off a 1-11 season in which the team finishes 12th out of 13 teams in the conference last season (only 0-12 Eastern Michigan was more pathetic). The team gave up 377 yards again and averaged a respectable 343.5 yards on offense but it simply couldn’t win a game –or to be more precise: it could win only one game.
And that was against mediocre Mid-America competition not SEC He-Men that run at the speed of light and bench press tractor trailers.
Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 12:05 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Gators as a 36.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 52.5.
The Gators will win this game, of that there is little doubt. The only real question is whether or not they’ll cover the spread.