College football odds: No. 10 Florida at Miami

The think they are close to being back among the elite in the college football world. Saturday’s game against Florida, a rare visit by the Gators, should show where UM is exactly. UF opened as a 3-point WagerWeb favorite.

The Gators opened with a less-than-impressive 24-6 home win over Toledo. The Gators lost seven starters from last year’s defense and knew Week 1 would mean a match up against a veteran Toledo offense that averaged more than 445 yards of total offense in 2012. In fall camp Florida lost three starters on offense to injury. And Saturday saw five players suspended, including two starters on defense. Still, the Gators held Toledo to just 2-5 total yards and one third-down conversion.

Redshirt junior Mack Brown was Florida’s workhorse on Saturday, rushing for 25 times for 112 mostly tough yards and two first-half touchdowns. He drew the starting assignment because sophomore Matt Jones is still recovering from a viral infection. Jeff Driskel completed 17 of 22 passes for 153 yards and a score, rolling out often and getting rid of the ball early. It was Florida’s 24th consecutive season-opening victory, the second-longest active streak in the country. Only Nebraska (27) has a longer current run.

Jones will return this week and should start. The sophomore is listed as the starter on the team’s updated depth chart. Linebacker Darrin Kitchens (oblique), left tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) and defensive tackle Dominique Easley (flu) missed practice Monday, but Coach Muschamp says they should play against Miami.

Miami beat Florida Atlantic 34-6 in its opener. Duke Johnson had career-highs of 186 yards and 19 carries before departing in the third quarter and receiver Herb Waters took a pitch on an end-around for a 63-yard rushing score. Stephen Morris threw for 160 yards and another score for the Hurricanes. Johnson’s total was the highest rushing total by any Miami player since Tyrone Moss ran for 195 against North Carolina on Oct. 29, 2005. Miami accumulated 500+ yards of total offense in a season opener for the first time since 2002. Miami has not allowed a TD at home since Nov. 1, 2012 vs. Virginia Tech – a span of nearly 161 minutes.

The Gators and Hurricanes have met five times since 2000, twice in Gainesville, once in Miami — a 38-33 Hurricanes victory. Florida’s last victory at Miami was 35-23 in 1985, when UM’s Vinny Testaverde made his first college start. No current Gator was born then. Miami leads overall 28-26 and this is the first series meeting since 2008 .and first UM home game since 2003. Miami has won 6 of last 7 meetings.

WagerWeb trends: Gators are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games in September. Gators are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. Gators are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Gators are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. Gators are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Hurricanes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. Hurricanes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win

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