The Athletic thinks Gators have a fighting chance against Georgia

Sports bettors across the nation are making their deposits and creating their several-legged parlays for the college football weekend.

If you’re a fan of playing against the spread, sports publication The Athletic made a spicy choice for the meeting between the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs.

Senior columnist Stewart Mandel is taking the Gators at a plus-14.5-point spread. Not exactly promising a Gators win, but Mandel believes the game will be a tight one.

“The Gators have done a nice job of making me look like an idiot for picking them to go 3-9 They are in fact 5-2,” Mandel said. “There’s still a sizable gap between these two programs, but I’m curious to see what the Dawgs’ offense will look like without indispensable TE Brock Bowers. If it struggles, there could be a window of opportunity for Florida.”

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers sustained a left ankle sprain in the Bulldogs’ last contest against the Vanderbilt Commodores and underwent TightRope surgery to repair it on Oct. 16.

Mandel predicts the final score to read 24-17, with the Bulldogs on top in the end.

The showdown between UF and UGA is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports.

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