This matchup is second in subplots only to the national championships as it features Tim Tebow, who will be hoping to cap off one of the most accomplished college football careers in history. His Florida Gators team will take on Cincinnati on New Years Day that has a sour taste in their mouth. After a thrilling 45-44 win over Pittsburgh to end the season 12-0, Head Coach Kelly jumped ship to sign a contract to coach Notre Dame. Left to dry, the fourth ranked Bearcats were forced to quickly promote Jeff Quinn as interim coach and days later signed a five-year deal with Central Michigan coach Butch Jones. Cincinnati has come along way, beginning the season outside the top 25, opposite of Florida who was a near unanimous number 1. Florida is coming off a disappointing loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game, squandering any chance of a fairy-tale ending for Tebow and ending a school-record and nation best 22 game winning streak. The Gators are no strangers to a little coaching shakeup of their own. Within a week of that defeat, defensive coordinator Charlie Strong announced he will take the coaching job at Louisville next season and receivers coach Billy Gonzales surprisingly resigned to become passing game coordinator at rival LSU. Below are you betting lines, trends and predictions for this exciting Florida vs Cincinnati Sugar Bowl game.
Cincinnati vs. Florida Betting Line and Odds:
Cincinnati +12.5 (-110)
vs Florida -12.5 (-110)
Over 57 (-110)
Under 57 (-110)
Florida vs Cincinnati Betting Trends:
Bearcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
Bearcats are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 bowl games
Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games
Gators are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall
Florida vs Cincinnati Sugar Bowl Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Florida 41 Cincinnati 10
Spread Prediction – Tim Tebow. Lets look at his accomplishments of college football: one Heisman Trophy, two national titles, 56 rushing touchdowns, 85 passing scores, 2,896 rushing yards and 8,803 passing yards. He will single handily take over this game and lead his Gators in a route over Cincinnati. Take FLORIDA to cover this 12.5 point spread.
Over/Under – Bet the UNDER. Traditionally renowned for its offense, Florida has been equally as good, if not stronger, on the other side of the ball, where it ranks third in pass defense and fourth in total defense. Furthermore, Florida will get some help on defense, as end Carlos Dunlap was reinstated Dec. 18 after being suspended for the SEC title game following his arrest for driving under the influence. Florida will keep the mighty Bearcat offense to a bare minimum. I like the game to go UNDER the 57 total points.