2013 college football betting lines: Florida favored over FSU, Miami, underdog to SEC powers

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Florida comes off an 11-2 season in which it won several games as the underdog. The Gators will have a few more of those in 2013.

The annual release of college football betting lines is fun for the gamblers and pundits around the world, but important for the average fan because of how well it sets the table for the upcoming season. From betting lines released in June, like today's set of spreads proffered by the Golden Nugget, we can understand what the general feeling of smart people who want to make money is about the college football season.

For the Florida Gators, those betting lines suggest a rugged SEC schedule may provide a pair of speed bumps in an otherwise smooth 2013.

Here's the full set of Florida lines:

Opponent Date Location Line
Miami Sept. 7 Sun Life Stadium, Miami Florida -2.5
Tennessee Sept. 21 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Florida -12
Kentucky Sept 28 Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky. Florida -20
Arkansas Oct. 5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Florida -17
LSU Oct. 12 Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La. LSU -4
Missouri Oct. 19 Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo. Florida -6
Georgia Nov. 2 EverBank Field, Jacksonville Georgia -4
South Carolina Nov. 16 Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C. South Carolina -5
Florida State Nov. 30 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Florida -2

Nothing really jumps out at me here as totally, though Florida being a bigger underdog to South Carolina than LSU (assuming home field advantage is relatively equal) is a little surprising, as is Florida being favored by less than a field goal over Miami. If I were looking for values, I would look there first.

The Golden Nugget also has over/unders for the Florida-LSU game (41.5), Florida-Georgia game (44.5), and Florida-FSU game (44), and all of those seem a little low to me.

How about y'all? Are you upset there's no line for Florida's game against Georgia Southern? Surprised there isn't a line for Florida's Homecoming tilt against Vanderbilt? (Tennessee's favored by one over Vandy at home, so we could probably expect Florida to be a two-touchdown favorite over the Commodores.) Confused by any of the lines?

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