2012 CBS College Football Game of the Week Odds: LSU vs. Florida Print
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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:30
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LSU vs. Florida Odds

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GAINESVILLE, FL (The Spread) – Two unbeaten SEC rivals collide on Saturday when No. 10 Florida hosts No. 4 LSU at 3:30PM ET on CBS.

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LSU is 5-0 overall, 1-0 in the SEC and 1-0 on the road. Florida is 4-0 overall, 3-0 in SEC play and 2-0 at home. The Tigers are 2-3 against the spread this year while the Gators are 3-1 ATS. LSU ha won the last two games against the Gators. Florida hasn’t lost three straight LSU since 1978-1980.

Trends show that LSU is just 2-5 against the spread in its last 7 games against LSU. The road team has also covered the spread in 8 of the last 11 games in this series. These two teams have combined to hit the over in 4 of their last 5 meetings.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv LSU is the slight favorite on the road, as the Tigers have odds of -2.5 points at Florida. The over/under total for this game has been set at 44 points. (View Matchup) Opening odds had LSU also favored by 2.5 points. The spread reached a peak of 3.5 points and a low of 1.5 points during the week before closing at LSU -2.5.

LSU is coming off a 38-22 win over Towson. The Tigers haven’t been too impressive the last few weeks, as they escaped Auburn with a 12-10 win. What has been impressive is the LSU defense, which is ninth in the country, allowing only 12.6 points per game. On offense, LSU has been up and down, averaging 39 points per game. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is leading the team with 1,016 passing yards and 6 TDs.

Florida is coming off an impressive 38-0 win over Kentucky two weeks ago. The Gators have had two weeks to prepare for this game. They come into the contest 10th in the country in scoring defense, as they allow just 12.8 points per game. Offensively, Florida is posting just 30.5 points per game, but the Gators have a strong rushing attack that averages 224.5 yards per contest. Leading the team is running back Mike Gillislee, who has rushed for 402 yards and 5 TDs.

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In terms of Injuries, Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins is questionable with a thumb injury while offensive lineman Chaz Green is questionable due to an injury ankle. LSU fullback J.C. Copeland is doubtful for this game with a leg injury while tackle Chris Faulk is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing LSU. The Tigers are getting 54% of the wagers with odds -2.5 points at Florida on Saturday.

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