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No. 4 UF improves to 6-0


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On a night where the Florida Gators appeared ripe for an upset, they managed to run away from it. More specifically, it was sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel who dodged it and darted past it.

Driskel rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 4 Gators to a 31-17 win over pesky and persistent Vanderbilt on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 40,350 at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The victory moves UF to 6-0 for the first time (and 5-0 in the SEC) since 2009. With this season's first BCS ranking looming Sunday, it's a lock the Gators will debut in the top 5 and probably 3rd!

“Very happy to get the win,” UF coach Will Muschamp said. “Going on the road in this league, it's tough to go on the road and continue to win. Our guys are proving they can do that.

“Jeff had an outstanding night running the football. They lost a lot of containment on him in the running game. His legs create a lot of things for our offense.”

His legs created a victory Saturday night.

Driskel's 177 rushing yards are a UF record for a quarterback. He blew past Tim Tebow, who rushed for 166 yards in a win over Ole Miss in 2007, the year he won the Heisman Trophy.

“They told me that right after the game. That's an honor,” he said. “I never thought about (breaking Tebow's record) until you guys brought it up. Not at all.”

His run into the record book saved the Gators on this night.

He had touchdown runs of 37, 13 and 70 yards — and was untouched on all three plays after faking a handoff to tailback Mike Gillislee, who was coming off a 146-yard rushing performance against LSU.

Driskel's 70-yard TD sprint with 2:20 left in the game sealed the victory, coming only seconds after Vanderbilt kicked a 22-yard field goal to draw within seven, 24-17.

“They were keying on Gillislee all night, which they should,” Driskel said. “He's had a great season. When two or three guys go for him (on the zone read), it opens up lanes.

“We had great blocking from the receivers and fullbacks and tight ends. It was a full team effort. We kept running the same play, and they didn't really make adjustments, so we kept going to it.

“If something is working, keep going with it. That's what we did. I don't think (I was touched on the TD runs). They were keying on Gillislee, and we were getting great perimeter blocking. I could kind of walk in on some of them.”

NFL - Week 5

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots

Denver has been a bit of a roller coaster this season, as they opened with a big 31-19 victory over Pittsburgh in the Sunday Night game before dropping the Week 2 MNF game 27-21in Atlanta (in a game that they were down 27-7 at the end of the 3rd). The Broncos then hosted Houston and lost 31-25, before running over Oakland 37-6 last week. The big question surrounding the Broncos was if Peyton Manning was going to come back where he left off, and so far he has been pretty solid. Manning is completing 64.7% of his passes with 8 TDs and 3 INTs for a QB Rating of 96.9 - a number I think will only get better as the season goes on and Manning gets a better feel for his receivers (and vice versa). Many had thought that the Patriots could go undefeated this season with a relatively easy schedule, but the Patriots enter Sunday's game 2-2. New England has beaten Tennessee 34-13 and Buffalo last week 52-28, while they've lost 20-18 to Arizona as 13.5 point favorites and 31-30 to Baltimore in Week 3. Tom Brady has been impressive as always completing 65.6% of his passes with 7 TDs and just 1 INT for a QB Rating 102.4. In total offense the Patriots rank 1st in the NFL averaging 438 yards per game, while the Broncos are 12th with 387 yards per game. New England is also 1st in PPG at 33.5, while Denver is 7th with 28.5 PPG. Defensively the Broncos rank 7th allowing 308 yards against per game, while New England is 20th at 366 yards against per game. Denver is allowing 20.8 points against per game, while Patriots are a little higher at 23. What impresses me is that the Broncos have faced three very good offenses in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Houston (the other being Oakland), while the Patriots have only had 1 or 2 tests in Baltimore and Buffalo (with the others being Tennessee and Arizona). I do give the offensive edge to Brady and the Patriots, but the defensive edge has to go to Denver. Take note that Manning is 14-4 against the spread as an underdog since 2003. 7 points is just too much in this one, as even if the Broncos do find themselves down late in the game we know that Manning can easily lead them down the field for a late score or two. I expect this to be a classic tight game between Brady and Manning as both show why they are considered elite QBs. Take Denver to keep it close.
Play on BRONCOS +7 (-115) 3U

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals

Despite a 1-3 record to open up the season, the Miami Dolphins have been somewhat impressive to start the season. The opened the season with a 30-10 loss in Houston, but followed that up with a big 35-13 home victory against Oakland. In Week 3 the Dolphins lost Reggie Bush mid way through the game and allowed the Jets to comeback and beat them 23-20 in a game I think they should have won. The Dolphins then went into Arizona to take on the then undefeated Cardinals and were leading late before losing 24-21 in overtime. With that said, I do think the Dolphins are going to struggle in Cincinnati this weekend. The Bengals have won 3 straight games to improve to 3-1 on the year. They opened the season with a brutal 44-13 loss in the early MNF game, but then went on to beat Cleveland by 7, Washington by 7 as 3 point underdogs, and Jacksonville last week by 17 as 1 point favorites. Much of the Bengals success has come through the air, as Andy Dalton has completed 67.5% of his passes with 8 TDs and 4 INTs for a 103 QB Rating (5th in the league). Dolphins rookie QB ranks 31st in the league as he has completed 55.9% of his passes with just 2 TDs and 6 INTs for a 66.4 QB Rating. I will give him credit for having a good game last week throwing for 431 yards in Arizona, but I don't think we will see that type of performance on Sunday. These two offenses are ranked closely with the Dolphins 9th in the league at 397 yards per game and the Bengals 10th with 389 yards per game, but Cincinnati has managed to put up 28 PPG while the Dolphins only 21.5 PPG. The Dolphins offense has come more from rushing the football, while the Bengals are the opposite with most of their offense coming through the air. The Bengals rank 23rd in the league giving up 130 yards aginst per game on the ground, but the Dolphins rank 30th against the pass allowing 297 yards per game through the air. Take note that the Dolphins have giving up 23+ points in 3 of their 4 games, while the Bengals have scored 27+ points in 3 of their 4 games (including 34 points in their lone home game this year). The Bengals were 4-4 last year at home, but losses came against tough teams in Baltimore, Houston, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco (all of which were playoff teams as well). After 2 road games this year the Dolphins have managed to win just 2 road games in the last two season, which came against Buffalo and Kansas City. Although they've done well against the spread on the road, you have to take into consideration that they've been on average roughly 7 point favorites on the road. The Bengals seem to take care of teams they are supposed to beat, and they are 6-1-2 ATS in their last 9 vs a team with a losing record. I can't see the Dolphins offense keeping up with the Bengals, and I like Cincy to cover the spread on Sunday.
Play on BENGALS -3.5 (-110) 5U

Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers

The Seahawks enter Week 5 with a 2-2 record, which included a controversial victory against the Packers last Monday. Seattle has won both home games vs Dallas and Green Bay (27-7 and 14-12) while they've lost both of their road games (20-16 in Arizona and 19-13 in St Louis). They are 2-0 ATS at home and 0-2 ATS on the road. The Panthers have gotten off to a rough start to the year, as many people have predicted them to be battling for a playoff spot come December. The Panthers have lost games vs Tampa Bay, an ugly one against the Giants, and last weeks last second 30-28 loss in Atlanta. Their win was a 35-27 victory over New Orleans in Week 2. Overall the Panthers have looked good in 2 of their games (their win and last week in Atlanta), and looked very bad in their other two losses. It will be interesting to see what Panthers team shows up here in Week 5, but I think we can expect a desperate Carolina team to play an all around solid game at home. Despite two bad offensive games, the Panthers still rank 13th in the NFL averaging 373 yards per game on offense while scoring 20 points per game. The Seahawks are 29th in the league averaging 281 yards per game, and just 17.5 points per game (28th). The stats are flipped quite a bit on defense though as the Seahawks rank 2nd allowing 275.8 yards against per game, and 2 allowing 14.5 points against per game. The Panthers are 24th allowing 393 yards against per game and 22nd allowing 27.2 points against per game. Panthers QB Cam Newton is completing 63.6% of his passes with 4 TDs and 5 INTs for a 87.5 QB Rating, while rookie Seahawks QB Russel Wilson is completing 60% of his passes with 4 TDs and 4 INTs for a 73.5 QB Rating. The Seahawks have one of the biggest home field advantages in the NFL, and it shows as their ATS numbers are crazy at home. That also sets them up for being bad on the road against the spread, as they are 17-37-2 ATS in their last 56 road games. Last season they played back to back road games twice (although one had a bye in between) and they went 0-2 in those games both straight up and against the spread, while scoring just 3 points combined. With the Panthers coming off an emotional loss you might think they'd have a let down game, but I think the 2 point loss against the NFC's only defeated team was a confidence booster for this Panthers team. This is a must win for Carolina as they can't fall to 1-4, and with Seattle putting up 16 or fewer points in 3 of their 4 games I like Carolina to win and cover.
Play on PANTHERS -3 (-104) 2U

LSU at Florida - First BIG Test!

LSU at Florida (2.5, 42)

When No. 11 Florida hosts No. 3 LSU on Saturday – the ninth straight time both teams are ranked entering the game – points will be at a premium. The Tigers are giving up 12.6 points per game, the Gators 12.8. Florida was off last week while LSU turned in an uninspiring performance, beating FCS foe Towson 38-22 at home. Florida leads the all-time series 30-25-3, but LSU has won the last two meetings, including 41-11 in Baton Rouge last year. This game features first-year starting quarterbacks in Florida's Jeff Driskel and LSU's Zach Mettenberger. Driskel has been far more efficient thus far.

TV: 3:30 p.m., ET, CBS.

LINE: LSU -2.5, O/U 42)

WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-80s with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds will be light out of the north.

ABOUT LSU (5-0, 1-0 SEC West): The Tigers fumbled five times, losing three, in the win over Towson. They shockingly gave up 188 rushing yards to an FCS school and allowed the junior Mettenberger to be sacked four times. Coaches have been shuffling the offensive line ever since left tackle Chris Faulk went down with a knee injury after the first game. Wide receiver Odell Beckham was a bright spot Saturday, catching five balls for 128 yards and two touchdowns. LSU’s defense continues to get great penetration. The unit has 41 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks. Defensive end Sam Montgomery has 6.5 tackles for loss, while defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and linebacker Kevin Minter have 5.5 apiece.

ABOUT FLORIDA (4-0, 3-0 SEC East): Senior running back Mike Gillislee has run for 402 yards and five touchdowns, both second-best in the SEC. The sophomore Driskel has thrown for four touchdowns and run for another while throwing one interception, posting a 158.0 rating. The already stout defense could get a lift from the return of outside linebacker Jelani *******, who had a pin removed from his fractured right thumb. Florida has not allowed a point in the fourth quarter and has outscored opponents 64-13 after halftime. The Gators are allowing 4.82 yards per pass attempt, which ranks fifth nationally.

TRENDS:
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Road team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
* Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Since 1990, the Gators are 24-10 at home against SEC West teams.

2. LSU won 33-29 in its last visit to The Swamp when the Tigers pulled off a fake field goal in the fourth quarter to extend the game-winning drive.

3. The Gators have gone 1-7 in October the past two seasons, seeing hot starts fade when the schedule gets tougher.

My take...The emergence of Jeff Driskel will be the difference as his athleticism allows him to get out of the pocket and make plays. So long as the offensive line does a decent job the Gators should win outright in a low scoring affair.

GATORS win 23-17
Plays: FLA +2, 3u / Fla +122 2u / Fla U 42' 2u

Others...
Texas Tech +4' 2u
Cal +2' 3u
Clemson -11
Clemson over 71' 3u

NFL - Week 4

San Francisco 49ers -4 at NY Jets 1:00pm EST

The 49ers threw up a stinker last week against Minnesota and this line is a reflection of that. The truth is the 49ers are as good as they have been built up by the media to be. Every team comes out and has a bad game from time to time, the difference between a good team and a team that is completely built on hype is how they respond after the loss. Losing will do one of two things to a team, it will force a team to re-evaluate what they did wrong in that game, make corrections and give them that "killer instinct" that they had apparently lost in that game, they would come out more focused and show that they can rebound from that loss and come back stronger. The second option would be to unravel the team and expose them. I think the latter happens. For weeks, even extending back to last season, everyone was talking about how tough this San Francisco team is, from their defense to the play of QB Alex Smith, to the many play-makers that they have. This is a playoff team, no doubt about it and it will show today. The Jets are banged up and are not as good as advertised. Mark Sanchez still has not developed into an NFL caliber QB no matter how much people want to claim he is improving....he is not. He still makes poor decisions and seems nervous in the pocket. The SF defense is going to shake Sanchez and force him into some throws that he should not be making. This is the best defense the Jets will face this season. Also the Jets defense will be without CB Darelle Revis. The holes in the Jets defense should allow Alex Smith to get the passing game going. San Francisco makes a statement today.
The play is 49ers -4

NY Giants +2 at Philadelphia Eagles 8:30pm EST

The Giants continue to play great football while the Eagles are not. This is a division rivalry game and taking the points here is the best idea. Eli Manning continues to develop and shows that he is not the only Manning that can play football. What has impressed me is that Eli has been doing this without any of his top receivers being at 100%. Michael Vick had a great season last year and his comeback to football makes a great story, but I feel he is overrated as a QB. This Giants pass rush is one of the best in the league and we have already seen other defenses get shots on Vick this season. Vick has been having trouble with his control and has turned the ball over more times than he has touchdown passes. Vick is only completing around 50% of his passes this season. That is not going to cut it against the Giants. If Eli continues his amazing play the Giants should win this game outright.

The play is Giants +2

Others...
Cards -4'
Cards under 41
Bills +4

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