Week 8 of the college football season is quickly approaching has two good matchups highlighting the card. Florida State visits Clemson, while Florida takes on unbeaten Missouri.
The unbeaten and No. 14-ranked Missouri Tigers take on the No. 22 ranked Florida Gators. The opening line has Florida as the 3.5-point favorite since Missouri will be without James Franklin its starting quarterback, who in their upset over Georgia separated his shoulder.
If he would have been playing, experts at Bovada, topbet and betonline said the Tigers would certainly have opened as the favorite by 1 point. Early action has gone to Missouri and the line has dropped to 3 points.
Missouri is playing exceptionally well this season, but Georgia has had defensive struggles this season and loads of injuries. The Gators have strong and fast athletes and Missouri might not be able to stay with the Gators.
Franklin was replaced by Maty Mauk, who filled in well, leading the Tigers to two touchdowns. Mauk, who is just a freshman, completed all three of his passes and converted an important third down to keep a drive alive.
Some experts in wagering on sites such as sportsbook.com have said that usually it gets tougher for a backup at quarterback after they go through an entire week with the starters and know they will be starting.
Another great matchup will take place between the visiting Florida State Seminoles and the host Clemson Tigers.
The No. 3 Tigers host the No. 5 Seminoles in this week’s biggest game. The ACC showdown opened on sports books such as Bovada with Florida State as a 3-point favorite. That line has held up for the past 36 hours.
Line makers have said that Clemson did not look sharp in their 24-14 win at home against Boston College. The Tigers went into that game as a 24-point favorite. Some believe it was case of overlooking Boston College.
The Seminoles were off this past weekend, giving them additional time to prepare. The Tigers have one of the nation’s best athletes in quarterback Tajh Boyd, but overall Florida State is faster. Nevertheless, it will be one of the best games of the year.
Missouri is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 head-to-head games with Florida State and 8-2 ATS over the past 10 versus the Seminoles.
The Seminoles have not won a game on the road against Clemson since 2001.
The line during the summer had Clemson favored by 1.5 points. Most odds makers believe the game will go off with FSU as 3 or possibly 2.5-point favorite.