The Massachusetts Minutemen open the season with a trip to The Swamp (Ben Hill Griffin Stadium) to face the Florida Gators this Saturday September 3rd, 2016 at 3:30 pm. Betting odds are already available at Bovada Sportsbook, where you can get a 100% kickoff bonus.
The Florida Gators will have to start the season missing a couple of starters after cornerback Teez Tabor and tight end C’yontai Lewis were suspended from the team following an altercation at practice. Tabor finished last season with four interceptions and 12 pass break-ups. The Gators ranked 112th in total offense in 2015, ahead of only Vanderbilt and Missouri in the SEC. They struggled to run the ball consistently and were close to inept in the passing game. They will give quarteback Luke Del Rio his first collegiate start after he transferred from Alabama and then Oregon State in search of playing time.
The Massachusetts Minutemen haven’t won a season opener since defeating Holy Cross 24-16 during the team’s final season as an FCS program in 2011. The team has averaged just two wins a year since 2012 and has lost a high number of starters on both sides of the ball. We clearly see UMass as being one of worst, if not the worst college football team in America this season.
- Gators are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.
- Gators are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games in September.
- Minutemen are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- Minutemen are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
A blowout should be expected on this Saturday, however the weather has been and is expected to be terrible in Florida. If this is the case it will be hard for the Gators to cover so many points.
Free Pick: Massachusetts +36 ½
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