Florida Gators vs. Iowa Hawkeyes, Outback Bowl, NCAA College Football Betting, Odds and Picks, Prediction

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FLORIDA GATORS IOWA HAWKEYES
8-4 January 2, 1:00 PM | Grass of Raymond James Stadium 8-4

When: 1:00 PM ET, Monday, January 2, 2017
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
TV: 1 p.m. ET, ABC. OPENING BETTING LINE: Florida -3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Monday, January 2nd – OUTBACK BOWL – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL

Team Spread Money Line Total
Iowa Hawkeyes +3 -110 +135 40.5 -110
Florida Gators -3 -110 -155 40.5 -110

The Florida Gators and the Iowa Hawkeyes will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Raymond James Stadium.

ABOUT FLORIDA (8-4, 6-2 SEC): The Gators gave up 483 yards on the ground over the last two games to push their season average to 142.2 – 36th in the nation – and are still sixth overall in total defense (298.6) despite two rough outings. Sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett (795 yards, six touchdowns on the ground) prospered with more carries in the middle of the season – totaling three 100-yard efforts in five games before being limited to 70 combined in the last two. Senior transfer Austin Appleby took over at quarterback when Luke Del Rio was injured, completing 61.6 percent of his passes in the last four games, and sophomore Antonio Callaway is his most dangerous target (47 catches, 666 yards, three touchdowns).

ABOUT IOWA (8-4, 6-3 Big Ten): The Hawkeyes lost their top receiver (Matt VandeBerg) to a season-ending injury early on and coach Kirk Ferentz had to do a lot of mixing and matching on the offensive line. Senior quarterback C.J. Beathard (17 touchdown passes, seven interceptions) threw for only 290 yards combined the last three weeks as the running attack took over with Daniels totaled 317 yards on the ground against Illinois and Nebraska while combining with Wadley for 20 rushing TDs overall. The defense stepped up after a 41-14 loss at Penn State, allowing 23 total points in the last three games, and linebacker Josey Jewell (fourth team) along with defensive back Desmond King (second) were named All-Americans.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Gators listed as 3-point favorites versus the Hawkeyes, while the game’s total is sitting at 40.5 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

1. Florida’s defense tries to redeem itself after two disappointing performances when the Gators take on Iowa in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Florida allowed 14 or fewer points in eight of its first 10 games to earn a spot in the SEC Championship game before giving up 85 combined against rival Florida State and Alabama in the last two. Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was hired as the new coach at Temple last week and former Miami (Fla.) coach Randy Shannon will run the defense against Iowa.

2. Iowa recently won the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding offensive line, and the Hawkeyes sealed it with impressive performances in consecutive victories over Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska to end the regular season. Senior LeShun Daniels Jr. (1,013 yards, 10 touchdowns) and junior Akrum Wadley (966, 10) could become the first pair of Iowa running backs to go over 1,000 in the same season. Iowa rushed for a total of 526 yards in the wins over Illinois and Nebraska after grinding out the upset win against Michigan with 98 on the ground.

3. This is the third time the programs meet in the Outback Bowl as Iowa took the 2004 contest 37-17 before the Gators fought back to win 31-24 in 2006. Florida lost two of its last three bowl games after the 41-7 setback against Michigan in the 2015 Citrus Bowl and is 21-21 all-time. The Hawkeyes play their fourth straight January bowl game and dropped four in a row overall after last season’s 45-16 defeat against Stanford in the Rose Bowl – falling to .500 all time at 14-14-1.

Iowa won its last outing, a 40-10 result against Cornhuskers on November 25. Iowa covered in that game as a -3-point favorite, while the 50 combined points took the game OVER the total.

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Florida:
Team record: 8-4 SU,5-7 ATS
Florida is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 6 games

Iowa:
Team record: 8-4 SU,6-6 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Iowa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Iowa is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Florida Gators will cover the spread at -3 and the game will go over 40.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Florida 24, Iowa 20 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
FLA TEAM IOWA
23.4 PTS FOR 26.8
17.9 PTS AGNST 17.9
5.5 DIFF. 8.8
215.3 PASS YDS 161.3
129.8 RUSH YDS 171.9
156.3 PASS D 199.7
142.3 RUSH D 153.1
-0.1 TO DIFF -0.6
INJURIES
FLORIDA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
IOWA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
FLORIDA
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida’s last 6 games
Florida is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
IOWA
Iowa is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Florida’s Overall Scoring vs Iowa’s Overall Defense 23.4 110 17.9 10
Iowa’s Overall Scoring vs Florida’s Overall Defense 26.8 77 17.9 10
POWER STATS
YARDS PER POINT
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
FLA 14.7 16.7 -1.9
IOWA 12.5 19.7 -7.2
YARDS PER PASS
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
FLA 6.7 6.2 0.5
IOWA 6.8 6.4 0.4
YARDS PER RUSH
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
FLA 3.7 3.8 -0.1
IOWA 4.5 4.0 0.5

 

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