- Auburn has beaten two Top-25 ranked teams already this season (No. 11 Oregon and No. 17 Texas A&M).
- Florida’s defense has the most sacks in the SEC with 24.
- This is the only matchup of Top-10 teams in college football this week.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Week 5 of the college football season brings us a marquee matchup between two teams ranked inside the Top 10. The seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers (5-0) travel to South to the Swamp to take on the tenth-ranked Florida Gators (5-0) in a classic SEC matchup of undefeated teams.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen these two historic football programs meet, as this will be the first time these two teams have met since 2011. Auburn is currently on a three-game winning streak against the Gators, and is a 2.5-point favorite to extend their winning streak to four on the road against Florida. If you’re considering betting on Auburn ATS, they’ve been money so far this season; the Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last six games.
This game will influence the College Football Playoff race because both teams still have remaining games against No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 LSU. The loser of this game will have to climb out of a deep hole if they want to re-enter the playoff picture, especially with two matchups against Top 5 opponents looming.
Both teams have first-year starting quarterbacks. Auburn has true freshman Bo Nix, who has thrown for 980 yards, seven touchdowns with only two interceptions in five games. Florida will have junior Kyle Trask under center, and he’s thrown for 647 yards, five touchdowns, and only two interceptions in four games since taking over for the injured Feleipe Franks. It’s very rare to see two teams ranked in the Top-10 find success with first-year quarterbacks, it will be interesting to see which quarterback will make the plays to give their team a victory.
Which Side Of The Rivalry To Bet
This will be an important game for the Florida Gators because this is their first game against a ranked opponent this season and no football team wants to lose their homecoming game. If you’re thinking about betting on the Gators moneyline (+120) in this matchup, you’ll find comfort knowing that they are 5-0 SU in their last five games in the swamp.
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Auburn as a team has been rushing the ball extremely well this season averaging 251 yards on the ground per game. The rushing attack has been led by sophomore running back JaTarvious Whitlow who has amassed 463 rushing yards and seven touchdowns this season. Whitlow may have trouble finding holes to run through as the Gators rush defense is only surrendering an average of 86.8 rushing yards per game. However, if the ground game gets going early for Auburn it could be a long day for the Gators.
Florida’s defense has been one of the top-performing units in the nation, only giving up an average of 8.8 points per game through five contests. Which explains why the total has gone under in four of the Gators' last five games.
The O/U total for this game is set at 48.5 at US sports betting sites. The under seems like a good bet here as the Gators have only given up one touchdown at home this year, although they haven’t faced a team like Auburn all season.
Auburn-Florida is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted by CBS.
After this game, the Gators face another Top-10 ranked opponent when they play the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers on the road. Auburn will also find themselves on the road next week in an SEC matchup against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
As a professional sports writer, Robert has written for outlets such as the FAMUAN and other sports-centric platforms. He focuses mainly on NFL and NBA betting, though he keeps tabs on every major sport.