College football odds: Georgia a rare underdog in game against Florida

Georgia will find itself in the unfamiliar role of the betting underdog when it takes on Florida in Jacksonville on Saturday. 
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The Florida Gators are 8–2 straight up and against the spread in their last 10 games overall. The Gators are set to clash with the Georgia Bulldogs in the annual rivalry game between these two teams in Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida is a 3-point favorite over the Bulldogs according to sportsbooks monitored by Georgia will be the betting underdog for the first time since November of 2013, breaking a 23-game streak as a favorite. 

Last weekend’s bye couldn't have come at a better time for Florida. Fresh off of the news that starting quarterback Will Grier had been suspended for the season due to a banned substance violation, the Gators lost their road game against LSU 35–28. 

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But thanks to the bye week, Florida has had an extra week to get Treon Harris first-team snaps and to prepare for this game against Georgia.

The Gators control their own destiny in the SEC East. Florida is 5–2 SU and 6–1 ATS in its last seven games away from home, per the OddsShark College Football Database

Nick Chubb’s injury was clearly felt for Georgia in its last game against Missouri. The Bulldogs came away with a win, but did so with only nine points of total offense in a 9–6 win as a 15.5-point favorite. The win brought Georgia’s record to 5–2 SU but dropped the Bulldogs to 2–5 ATS as the team has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four games. 

Like Florida, Georgia enters this game coming off a bye, but that hasn’t helped historically as the team is 1-7-1 ATS in its last nine games after a bye week.

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The total for Saturday's game at EverBank Field is set at 45.5 points. The OVER is 4–0 the last four times that Florida has beaten Georgia while the UNDER is 3–0 in Georgia’s last three wins over Florida.

With a win this week, Florida would still be very much alive for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Georgia would love nothing more than to spoil those playoff dreams for the Gators in this year's “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”