Florida vs. Tennessee Betting Preview, Odds, and Predictions: Volunteers Catching 20 Points

The Tennessee Volunteers are massive underdogs for their SEC showdown with Florida Gators this weekend. Do the bookmakers have it right?
Nikki Adams
Tue, September 21, 1:15 PM EDT

Florida vs. Tennessee Betting Preview, Odds, and Predictions: Volunteers Catching 20 Points

Date: Saturday, September 25

Time: 7:00 PM ET

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, 

Tennessee Record: 2-1, 0-0 SEC

Florida Record: 2-1, 0-1 SEC

Florida vs. Tennessee Odds

Florida vs. Tennessee: Volunteers Catching 20 Points in Lopsided SEC Matchup

The Tennessee Volunteers descend on the Florida Gators this weekend, but the odds are stacked severely against them for a pivotal SEC showdown.

The Volunteers are coming off a blowout 56-0 win over TN Tech, covering the closing 38-point spread comfortably. The Gators, however, are coming off a narrow 31-29 defeat to Alabama Crimson Tide, coming through as the +14 underdogs at home to the defending national champions.

As per multiple sportsbooks, the Gators are laying 20 points to the Volunteers at early doors. The total is 62 points.

Oddsmakers install Florida as the runaway favorites to win this game. Florida is priced at -1400 odds to win straight up, meaning bettors have to dish out $1400 to win $100. It doesn't take a brainiac to realize that there's no value in betting on the Gators to win straight up. It also follows that betting against the Gators is a risky bet. Florida, according to the odds, has a 93.3 percent probability of winning.

Tennessee is priced at +794 to win straight up, which means a $100 bet will yield $794 in return. However, when the probability of the Volunteers winning is as low as 11.2 percent, it's not a bet for the fainthearted.

Florida vs. Tennessee Preview

Tennessee (2-1, 0-0 SEC) is off to a positive start on the season. They opened with a convincing 38-6 win over Bowling Green and added a second win on the season last weekend when they trounced TN Tech. Interspersed between those two accounts is a 41-34 defeat to Pittsburgh in Week 2, a defeat that failed to whiff at a 3.5-point closing spread.

Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker is proving to be more of a dual-threat quarterback than many expected he'd be. He threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the 56-0 win over TN Tech. He also ran for 64 yards and a score.

Florida (2-1, 0-1 SEC) saw their two-game winning streak to start the season snapped in a bitterly disappointing 31-29 defeat to the Alabama Crimson Tide. To take it to the SEC standard was something else, though; especially, as the Gators rallied to come back from a 21-3 deficit in the first quarter.

Quarterback Emory Jones had a solid night modest night tossing for 181 yards and a pick, but the rushing game made inroads. The Gators rushed for 245 yards against Alabama, emerging as the leaders in the country on the ground.

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Florida vs. Tennessee Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Tennessee +800 +20 Over 63.5
Florida -1000 -20 Under 63.5

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The odds for this game are understandably lopsided across the board, and only a diehard Tennessee fan would risk taking a punt on the Volunteers in the hope of striking it big. That's particularly true of the moneyline where the Volunteers are a tempting +795 to win straight up. It would take something special for the Volunteers to descend on the swamp and upset the Gators outright, just as they're coming off a confidence-boosting clash with the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

Never mind, this is the second SEC game for the Gators, and after slipping to 0-1 last weekend, this is the sort of matchup that presents as a bounce-back opportunity. The gap in quality and talent between these two programs is significant. Hence, the 20-point spread. Some sportsbooks are showing Florida -19.5, which is worth taking if it is still available. Still, it's a lot of points to cover, but the Gators did look good against Alabama (bears repeating). Imagine what they can do against Tennessee if they get up for this game.

Florida vs. Tennessee Betting and Prediction

Predictably, early betting reveals a distinct trend towards Tennessee plus the points. Should this trend hold through the early days of the week, this line is likely to drop below 20 points. Depending on how this matchup is sliced for picks, betting now or later could make the difference.  

NCAAF Picks: Florida Gators -19.5

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