The 86th edition of the Orange Bowl is not a matchup that anyone would have predicated when the season began as the #9 Florida Gators meet up with the #24 Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium. Florida is 3-0 all-time in the Orange Bowl as Virginia will be making their first appearance in this bowl.
Virginia enjoyed a successful 2019 going 9-4 overall, 6-2 in the ACC- Coastal and an ACC Championship Game appearance. The Cavaliers are bowling for the third straight season and will look to win their second consecutive bowl game. UVA is 8-12 all-time in bowl games.
Florida also had a somewhat surprising season, because of injuries, as the Gators finished 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC – East. The Gators are bowling for the second straight season and will look to win three straight bowl appearances. Florida is 23-21 all-time in bowl games.
Below is my pick for the Orange Bowl between the #24 Virginia Cavaliers and the #9 Florida Gators. All lines are from the PointsBet Sportsbook.
#24 Virginia Cavaliers vs #9 Florida Gators (-14.5): O/U 54.5 points (-110/-110)
Virginia overcame rival Virginia Tech, for the first time in 15 years, and earned a berth in the ACC Championship Game. Unfortunately, they ran into a Clemson team that may be the best team in the country and got absolutely blitzed, losing 62-17. Regardless, UVA finished the regular season winning five of their final six games to earn a berth in that championship game. Away from Charlottesville, Virginia went 2-4 on the season. Virginia is 6-6-1 against the spread and the over hit in eight of their 13 games this season.
Florida ended their regular season with a blowout win over rival Florida State. The Gators scored 23 unanswered points in the second quarter to pull away and cruise to a 40-17 win over the Seminoles. UF won four of their final five games of the regular season. Away from Gainesville, Florida went 4-1 in 2019. Florida is 7-3-2 against the spread and the under hit six of their 11 games with a total this season.
Series History: These two teams have met one time, in 1959, when Florida came away with a 55-10 win.
Football Prediction: I like Virginia +14.5 in this one.
YTD College Football Results: 68-57-2