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College football top 25 picks: Florida travels to Tennessee in SEC showdown

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Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker has the Volunteers off to a 3-0 start.

No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest highlights this Saturday's slate, which also features a bonus game.

Tennessee plays host to Florida in a colossal Southeastern Conference clash Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

The 20th-ranked Gators come in at 2-1 while the No. 11 Volunteers are 3-0.

Tennessee checks in as a whopping 10.5-point favorite at home in a series that has mostly belonged to the Gators of late.

FrontPageBets looks at the numbers behind this key SEC East matchup as well as the rest of the top 25.

(Odds courtesy of DraftKings and subject to change)

Florida outlook

The Gators are coming off a narrow, 31-28 victory over South Florida in which they prevailed despite mistakes. A late missed field goal by the Bulls helped preserve the win.

Quarterback Anthony Richardson was error prone, completing just 10 of 18 passes for 112 yards with a pair of interceptions. He threw a pair of picks a week earlier in a loss to Kentucky. Running backs Montrell Johnson (103 yards, touchdown) and Trevor Etienne (56 yards, late TD) helped save the day.

Florida's defense yielded 402 yards to plucky South Florida.

Tennessee outlook

The Volunteers had their way with Mid-American Conference foe Akron, 63-6. Tennessee racked up 676 yards total offense in the thrashing.

UT got it done on the ground with Jaylen Wright carrying 23 times for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Receiver Jalin Hyatt caught five balls for 166 yards and two TDs. Quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 298 yards with two touchdowns before sitting down.

Linebacker Jeremy Banks led the Vols with five tackles, all solo, one for a loss.

No. 20 Florida vs. No. 11 Tennessee

  • When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS
  • Spread: Tennessee -10.5 (-115); Florida +10.5 (-105)
  • Money line: Tennessee -365; Florida +300
  • O/U: 62 (-110)
  • The pick: Tennessee, 31-24

In this week's FPBcast, Gerry Ahern and Mike Szvetitz take a look at their top games and top bets.

Other Top 25 games

Kent State vs. No. 1 Georgia

  • When: Saturday, noon, ESPN
  • Spread: Georgia -45 (-105); Kent State +45 (-115)
  • Money line: No line
  • O/U: Over 62.5 (-105); Under 62,6 (-115)
  • The pick: Georgia, 63-7

Maryland vs. No. 4 Michigan

  • When: Saturday, noon, FOX
  • Spread: Michigan -17 (-105); Maryland +17 (-115)
  • Money line: Michigan -800; Maryland +575
  • O/U: 65.5 (-110)
  • The pick: Michigan, 38-17

No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 21 Wake Forest

  • When: Saturday, noon, ABC
  • Spread: Clemson -7 (-110); Wake Forest +7 (-110)
  • Money line: Clemson -280; Wake Forest +235
  • O/U: 56 (-110)
  • The pick: Clemson, 35-17

Central Michigan vs. No. 14 Penn State

  • When: Saturday, noon, BTN
  • Spread: Penn State -28 (-110); Central Michigan +28 (-110)
  • Money line: Penn State -6000; Central Michigan +1800
  • O/U: 63 (-110)
  • The pick: Penn State, 49-14

No. 17 Baylor vs. Iowa State

  • When: Saturday, noon, ESPN2
  • Spread: Iowa State -3 (-105); Baylor +3 (-115)
  • Money line: Iowa State -140; Baylor +120
  • O/U: 46 (-110)
  • The pick: Baylor, 24-21

Rhode Island vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh

  • When: Saturday, noon, ACCN
  • Spread: No line
  • Money line: No line
  • O/U: No line

No. 22 Texas vs. Texas Tech

  • When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Spread: Texas -6.5 (-110); Texas Tech +6.5 (-110)
  • Money line: Texas -255; Texas Tech +215
  • O/U: 59.5 (-110)
  • The pick: Texas, 35-27

Middle Tennessee vs. No. 25 Miami

  • When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ACCN
  • Spread: Miami -26.5 (-110); Middle Tennessee +26.5 (-110)
  • Money line: Miami -4000; Middle Tennessee +1500
  • O/U: 52.5 (-110)
  • The pick: Miami, 35-21

No. 15 Oregon vs. Washington State

  • When: Saturday, 4 p.m., FOX
  • Spread: Oregon -6.5 (-120); Washington State +6.5 (+100)
  • Money line: Oregon -255; Washington State +215
  • O/U: Over 57.5 (-110)
  • The pick: Oregon, 38-21

Tulsa vs. No. 16 Ole Miss

  • When: Saturday, 4 p.m., SECN
  • Spread: Ole Miss -21.5 (-110); Tulsa +21.5 (-110)
  • Money line: Ole Miss -1650; Tulsa +950
  • O/U: Over 65.5 (-105); Under 65.5 (-115)
  • The pick: Ole Miss, 42-21

Northern Illinois vs. No. 8 Kentucky

  • When: Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN2
  • Spread: Kentucky -26.5 (-110); Northern Illinois +26.5 (-110)
  • Money line: Kentucky -3500; Northern Illinois +1550
  • O/U: 53.5 (-110)
  • The pick: Kentucky, 48-7

No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M

  • When: Saturday, 7 p.m., ESN
  • Spread: Texas A&M -1.5 (-110); Arkansas +1.5 (-110)
  • Money line: Texas A&M -125; Arkansas +105
  • O/U: 48.5 (-110)
  • The pick: Texas A&M, 28-24

Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Alabama

  • When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., SECN
  • Spread: Alabama -40.5 (-110); Vanderbilt +40.5 (-110)
  • Money line: No line
  • O/U: 58.5 (-110)
  • The pick: Alabama, 49--10

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

  • When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ABC
  • Spread: Ohio State -19 (-110); Wisconsin +19 (-110)
  • Money line: Ohio State 1150; Wisconsin +750
  • O/U: Over 57 (-110)
  • The pick: Ohio State, 42-17

UConn vs. No. 12 N.C. State

  • When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3
  • Spread: N.C. State -39 (-115); UConn +39 (-105)
  • Money line: No line
  • O/U: 49.5 (-110)
  • The pick: N.C. State, 49-6

Kansas State vs. No. 6 Oklahoma

  • When: Saturday, 8 p.m., FOX
  • Spread: Oklahoma -13 (-110); Kansas State +13 (-110)
  • Money line: Oklahoma -490; Kansas State +390
  • O/U: 53 (-110)
  • The pick: Oklahoma, 42-21

No. 7 USC vs. Oregon State

  • When: Saturday, 9:30 p.m., PAC12
  • Spread: USC -6.5 (-110); Oregon State +6.5 (-110)
  • Money line: USC -240; Oregon State +200
  • O/U: 71 (-110)
  • The pick: USC, 56-17

Wyoming vs. No. 19 BYU

  • When: Saturday, 10:15 p.m., ESPN2
  • Spread: BYU -21.5 (-110); Wyoming +21.5 (-110)
  • Money line: BYU -2100; Wyoming +1100
  • O/U: 49.5 (-110)
  • The pick: BYU, 38-17

No. 13 Utah vs. Arizona State

  • When: Saturday, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Spread: Utah -14.5 (-110); Arizona State +14.5 (-110)
  • Money line: Utah -645; Arizona State +480
  • O/U: 54 (-110)
  • The pick: Utah, 35-17

Stanford vs. No. 18 Washington

  • When: Saturday, 10:30 p.m., FS1
  • Spread: Washington -13.5 (-115); Stanford +13.5 (-105)
  • Money line: Washington -540; Stanford +420
  • O/U: 64 (-110)
  • The pick: Washington, 38-21

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Gerry Ahern is senior content editor for FrontPageBets. A 35-year veteran sports editor and digital media executive, he has led coverage of the biggest events in sports, from Super Bowls, to Final Fours, to Olympics, to the Masters.

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