Utah vs Florida Prediction, Odds & Betting Trends for College Football Game on FanDuel Sportsbook
By Larry Rupp
Utah vs Florida Week 1 Game Info
2022 NCAA College Football Game
No. 7 Utah Utes (0-0) vs. Florida Gators (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — Gainesville, FL
Week 1 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a showdown between the No. 7 Utah Utes and Florida Gators. Utah is still riding high after winning the Pac-12 conference title in 2021 and just barely losing to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. The Utes caught fire under quarterback Cam Rising.
Meanwhile, Florida was up-and-down all year long and it resulted in a pedestrian 6-7 record. The Gators fired head coach Dan Mullen and brought in Bill Napier to take over. Napier led Louisiana to a 33-5 record over the last three seasons and now gets to work with quarterback Anthony Richardson.
Utah vs Florida Odds & Spread
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Moneyline: UTAH: (-146) | FLA: (+122)
Spread: UTAH: -2.5 (-122) | FLA: +2.5 (+100)
Total: 51.5 — Over: (-108) | Under: (-112)
Utah enters this contest as the small favorite on the moneyline and the spread. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features a total of 51.5, which is below average compared to this week's college football projected totals.
Utah vs Florida Prediction & Pick
These teams have only met once all-time and that was way back in 1977. A fresh slate favors the Utes here. Head coach Kyle Whittingham returns eight starters on an offense that averaged 36.1 points per game in 2021 (No. 14 in FBS). Utah is capable of scoring every time it has the football.
That's not great news for a Gators defense that ranked 65th in the country in terms of points allowed per game last year (26.3). The likes of Rising along with running back Tavion Thomas and tight end Dalton Kincaid are going to be too much here. The Utes should pull out a decisive Week 1 win.
Final Score Prediction: Utah: 35 | Florida: 27
Utah vs Florida Betting Trends
- Utah is 13-0 straight up in its last 13 Week 1 games.
- The total has hit the over in each of Utah's last five away games.
- Florida is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five Week 1 games.
- The total has hit the under in seven of Florida's last10 games.
Utah vs Florida Best Bet
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
There's no denying that this is a brutal Week 1 draw for the Utes. Traveling from the west coast to the east coast is never easy, so shifting gears to betting on the total is a logical move. The over has hit in 12 of Utah's last 17 games and their defense doesn't line up to be as dominant as it was last season.
Napier has a shot to get this offense going quickly considering he brought in offensive linemen from Lousiana through the transfer portal. Keeping Richardson upright will give him more time to go through his reads and find the right option. All in all, both teams should have no trouble scoring.
Bet: Over 51.5 Points (-108)
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