- Kadarius Toney looks fully healthy and ready to play for the Gators vs. Virginia.
- Bryce Perkins's numbers show he can be an NFL quarterback.
- Kyle Trask took advantage of an opportunity after Feleipe Franks went down this season.
MIAMI - The Orange Bowl has an interesting ACC vs SEC matchup Monday night as the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Florida Gators. Both teams have offenses that have been fairly unstoppable throughout the season so having an over/under set at 55 points may be low for this game.
With the Gators favored by 15 points against the Cavaliers, US Sportsbooks aren't giving the Cavs much of a chance. But, the Cavaliers Quarterback Bryce Perkins and others may have something to say about that.
No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers
Coming off a loss to the Clemson Tigers in the ACC championship game, the Cavaliers are having the best season they have had since 2002 when head coach Al Groh led them to the Continental Tire Bowl against West Virginia. Playing tough and getting wins against teams like Floride State and Virginia Tech has led them to a 9-4 season.
A major reason this team is ranked in the Top 25 is because of their offense. Led by Bryce Perkins, this offense is averaging 390 yards per game. Perkins is a huge reason for that, having thrown for over 3,000 yards so far this season. Perkins is also leading the team in rushing yards. The Cavaliers haven’t had a mobile quarterback like this since Aaron Brooks.
Perkins has plenty of weapons around him that is helping this offense be elite. With a total of 47 touchdowns for this offense, wide receiver Joe Reed leads all receivers with six. Perkins finds a way to spread the ball to his weapons.
Having three receivers with over 65 catches shows that Perkins has connections with multiple pieces on that offense. Explosive offense means bettors should keep their eyes open for a high scoring game.
No. 9 Florida Gators
The last time the Florida Gators played in the Orange Bowl it was Steve Spurrier’s last game as the coach of the Gators. Ending that game with a win against Maryland, the 2019 Gators have the same goal tonight. Head coach Dan Mullen, in his second year as the team's head coach, has brought the “Gator Swag” back to the swamp.
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With 50 touchdowns on the season and averaging 420 yards per game, this offense is led by quarterback Kyle Trask. Trask took over the starting job after Feleipe Franks went down against the Kentucky Wildcats early in the season. Trask has done nothing but played well for the Gators, having put up over 20 touchdowns.
Even with the rushing attack, the Gators offense has their passing attack putting games out of reach.
The Gators are five receivers deep which causes defensive problems on who to focus on. With those five receivers, stud tight end Kyle Pitts only adds more problems for opponents defenses.
The Gators with key conference wins against Auburn Tigers and Tennesee Volunteers made it through a tough SEC schedule with a 10-2 record. With their only two losses were to Top 10 teams, the Gators are looking to prove they are back and ready to make a huge run shortly for a chance at the College Football Playoff Championship in the near future.
A win tonight against Virginia would help their case moving forward.
With the Gators being high favorites, the payout for taking the Cavaliers would be high. Although betting on the Cavaliers to win this game is very risky, the reward is higher if they pull off the major upset. Putting $100 on the Cavaliers would garner a payout of $435. So for those who believe this can be the upset of the Bowl Season, they can win a lot more than expected.
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