Utah vs. Florida Prediction, Odds, Spread and Over/Under for College Football Week 1

Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier talks with Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15)
Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier talks with Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) / Matt Pendleton / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Utah Utes were Pac 12 champions in 2021 and went 8-1 in conference, 10-4 overall. Their season culminated in a Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State in an instant classic game.

This year, building on their late season success, the Utes are ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP Poll and are many pundits' dark horse pick to make it to the College Football Playoff. 

Florida starts a new era with Billy Napier as their Head Coach replacing Dan Mullen after a 6-7 season in 2021. Napier went 40-12 at Louisiana from 2018-2021. 

Utah wants to turn expectations into reality and Florida is desperate for hope in Napier’s first season. So, let’s take a look at the odds from WynnBET:

Utah vs. Florida Odds, Spread and Total

Florida vs. Utah Betting Trends 

  • Florida went 3-10 ATS in 2021 (5th worst in FBS)
  • Utah went 7-7 ATS in 2021
  • Florida went 1-1 ATS vs. Ranked Opponents in 2021
  • Florida went 1-0 ATS as a home underdog in 2021
  • Utah was 1-4 ATS as road favorite in 2021

Utah vs. Florida Prediction and Pick

This game is incredibly conflicting to me. If we know anything about the PAC 12 in recent years, it’s that they will eliminate themselves from playoff contention as soon as possible. The best team in the conference suffers a big loss at the beginning of the year almost every year. This would be that spot. 

Last year, however, Florida was one of the worst teams against the spread because they were simply given credit for being Florida; even though they were a bad team. They went 6-7 and play in the SEC, yet they were only a home underdog once. 

Now, Billy Napier comes to town after an incredible run at Louisiana and has Anthony Richardson at quarterback. Richardson only attempted 64 passes last year and is already considered a potential first round pick in the NFL draft. That’s how good he is. Napier brought in a lot of transfers from Louisiana on the offensive line and in the backfield. The team should become familiar with his system quickly and the offense could hit the ground running. 

Cameron Rising really impressed for Utah especially in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State that ended 48-45. I could see a similar shootout in their 2022 opener. 

LEAN: Over 51 (-110)

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