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The Florida Gators’ history with college football includes three national titles and eight conference championships. With a large, passionate fan base and a state with a wealth of high school football talent to recruit, this program is in a good place and expectations should remain high.
With legal sports betting on the horizon in Florida, many college football fans will be eager to place wagers on the Gators or other top teams in the SEC. On this page, we’ll go over the major bets you can place on college football, a betting preview for the Gators, some team history and more.
The three most common bets you’ll see for college football are the point spread, moneyline and total. It’s possible you are familiar with each of these terms or at least have heard of them as sports betting continues to move into the mainstream, but if not, here is a quick description:
Legal sportsbooks in Florida will offer Gators football betting odds on events that may not happen until the end of a season, which is an example of futures betting. These numbers may fluctuate depending on which sportsbook you are using, but at one point ahead of the start of the season, Florida was getting the second-best odds to win the SEC East behind Georgia at +400 on the DraftKings Sportsbook app. To win the conference title game, the Gators were getting +1600 odds, which ranked fourth in the SEC. Florida had an estimated win total of nine with -125 odds on the under and +105 on the over.
Oddsmakers are not too confident about Florida’s chances to win the College Football Playoff national championship game for the 2021-22 season, though it’s not out of the question. Again, before the start of the season, DraftKings had the Gators with the eighth best college football betting odds at +4000, tied for fourth best among teams in the SEC, which shows how powerful the conference is. Florida slotted behind Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M, tied with LSU.
Now that we have taken a look at some of the main bets in college football, let’s put it all into action with an example involving the Florida Gators in a potential upcoming matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs. Here is what the betting board may look like for this game at top Florida sportsbook apps, such as the FanDuel app, DraftKings app and BetMGM app:
|Florida Gators||+7 (-110)||+215||Over 55 (-110)|
|Georgia Bulldogs||-7 (-110)||-265||Under 55 (-110)|
The three categories in order from left to right are the point spread, moneyline and total. With the point spread, we can tell Florida is the underdog due to the plus sign in front of its number, while Georgia has a minus sign, which means it is the favorite. The sportsbook has the Bulldogs favored by seven points, so they will need to win by more than that to cover the spread. With the Gators as seven-point underdogs, they will need to either win the game outright or lose by fewer than seven points to cover. The -110 odds on both sides signify the vig, which is also known as the juice. This is the reason sports betting is geared in favor of the sportsbook, because with -110 odds, that means bettors will need to bet $110 to win a $100 profit.
The second column shows the moneyline, and Georgia is a -265 favorite. We can calculate this just as we did with the point spread by using $100. With the Bulldogs getting -265 odds, that means you would need to risk $265 to net $100 with a winning bet. However, the calculation is different for Florida as the +215 underdogs. With a $100 bet on the Gators, a winning Gators spread bet would result in a $215 payout.
The final column is the point total, which you may also see called the over/under. You can wager whether the total will go over or under 55 points, at the standard -110 odds on either side.
Sports betting in Florida has yet to go live, but once it does, sportsbooks will likely see a large number of people looking to get in on the action, especially on the Florida Gators during football season.
The easiest and most convenient way to bet on the Gators likely will be through an app on your mobile device, and the top sportsbooks will be available on iOS and Android devices. After downloading the app, you will need to register for an account and provide some basic personal details.
One of the perks of sports betting is the free bets and betting bonuses. Sportsbooks are competing hard for new users, and many will offer welcome bonuses that could include a risk-free bet, for example. Make sure you do your research in picking which promotions are best for you.
Once you have downloaded your sportsbook app, registered for an account and claimed any welcome bonuses, it’s time to deposit funds and start betting on college football.
Because sports betting has not yet gone live in the state of Florida, we do not have a final version of what the regulations will look like, but let’s take a look at a few options that could be available to bettors during college football season, depending on what Florida allows.
With live betting, you can place wagers while the game is in progress. Numbers will move rapidly, sometimes by the second, so you’ll need to be quick in getting the best odds for any bets you want to place, but it is a thrilling style of wagering due to the various swings that can occur during a game. The easiest way to bet live is through sportsbook apps, letting you pull out your phone as you are watching a game to get your wagers in.
Some states do not allow prop bets on college sports, but some examples of prop bets may include the total first downs a team will have or the number of receiving yards a top wide receiver will end up with.
Florida always sees a relatively tough schedule in the SEC, but the Gators have an especially difficult slate for the 2021 season, with matchups against the LSU Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs, each of which is capable of performing as one of the top teams in the country. Below is the full Gators regular season schedule for 2021:
Florida’s performance in the regular season will dictate what its postseason schedule will look like.
The Gators finished the 2020-21 season with an 8-4 record and a loss to Alabama in the SEC title game, and they were blown out by Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Florida had gotten off to a hot start at 8-1 and was part of the College Football Playoff discussion before losing each of its final three games. Kyle Trask had an exceptional season at quarterback and was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Check out the latest Heisman Trophy betting odds right here.
Florida is a team that college football fans around the country are interested in watching, so it will be easy to find the Gators on TV. Fans can expect to see Florida on a variety of channels including the ESPN family of networks, SEC Network and CBS during the regular season.
Mick Hubert is on the radio call as the team’s play-by-play voice on the Gators Sports Network, with former Florida football player Lee McGriff providing analysis.
Below are the 2020 stats for a few of the top returning players heading into the 2021 season.
|Dameon Pierce||Running back||106 carries, 503 yards, four touchdowns|
|Emory Jones||Quarterback||18-32, 221 yards, two touchdowns, one interception|
|Kaiir Elam||Cornerback||39 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, one fumble recovery|
Here are the last five first-round draft picks from the Gators’ roster.
|Player||Position||Overall Pick||Draft Team|
|Kyle Pitts||TE||No. 4||Atlanta Falcons|
|Kadarius Toney||WR||No. 20||New York Giants|
|CJ Henderson||CB||No. 9||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Taven Bryan||DT||No. 29||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Jarrad Davis||ILB||No. 21||Detroit Lions|
Gainesville has a number of sports bars where you can watch the Florida Gators and more. Some of the top options include Mother’s Pub & Grill, The Brass Tap and Gator’s Dockside. All are fantastic places to watch college football games, and if Florida launches sports wagering soon, fans should be able to bet on their mobile device from those locations as well.
Florida has won three national championships in its history: 1996, 2006 and 2008.
Some of the best NFL players to call Florida their alma mater include running back Emmitt Smith and defensive ends Jevon Kearse and Jack Youngblood.