Florida Gators Odds 2022: College Football Odds, Team Preview, Futures

Written By Brett Gibbons on August 28, 2022 - Last Updated on August 29, 2022
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The ugly, ugly end to the Dan Mullen era in Gainesville is firmly in the books. However, the pressure amounting on the program isn’t; despite not coaching a single game, Billy Napier faced criticisms after missing out on several high-profile recruits– two of which decided on other in-state schools. His culture and preparedness were never in question, but his readiness for the SEC is (despite being a product of both Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney). There’s not much room for decline after last year’s embarrassing effort, but Florida Gators odds suggest it may be a tough road to climb.

This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Florida Gators for the 2022 season. Where do they stand on college football odds tables with a brand-new staff and team?

Week 1 Odds: Florida vs. Utah

Aside from the numbers and odds, this is an intriguing matchup in that we don’t see too many Pac-12/SEC matchups in true home/away scenarios. Napier gets one hell of an audition against Utah– one of the nation’s most experienced and well-coached programs under Kyle Whittingham. Florida will be out-coached, out-experienced, and (in most departments) out-talented.

Phenom QB Anthony Richardson has a chance to show how he’s grown as a passer against one of the nation’s most athletic defenses with a killer incoming secondary. Despite playing at home, Richardson must keep mistakes to a minimum or Utah will capitalize on every single one of them. Establishing a top receiver won’t be easy against Utah in Week 1, but Richardson better figure that out.

Florida has a talented stable of running backs, but faces a team that’s more than capable of producing its own explosive rushing offense (Utah was 11th in rush EPA last year and returns its lead back).

Defensively, experience in the secondary helps Florida out against a QB like Cameron Rising. Rising excels in keeping plays alive and making off-schedule throws; discipline in the secondary is imperative against a QB like him.

In order for Florida to win the game (if you’re on the UF side, its better to go ML here anyway), they will need to generate explosive plays. The Gators showed capability of that last year in patches, but those were too often bookended by turnovers.

Forecast

  • I was able to take Utah PK when the line first opened and it’s been on the move away from Florida ever since. Utah is a more experienced and disciplined team. However, reverse-altitude effects (yes– that’s a real thing) and traveling back so many time zones should give Utah bettors cause for pause. The Utes lucked out with this game being played at night, but Florida is much better conditioned for the hot and humid climate of early September.

Utah vs. Florida full Week 1 betting preview

Florida odds, 2022 team preview

By the time October rolled around last season, the Gators had given up on their coach. A lot of defense can be attributed to effort and Florida just didn’t put in the effort. They fizzled out to a 3-6 record after September, highlighted by allowing 52 points to FCS Samford and an uninspired 29-17 loss to in-state rival UCF in a bowl game.

Now, Napier comes in to clean up the culture– something he established at Louisiana. The Ragin’ Cajuns were one of the most well-coached, disciplined, and consistent teams over the past few seasons under Napier, who is a product of both Saban and Swinney. However, already starting behind the eight ball in recruiting, he needs a strong start to a tough September to stay off the early hot seat.

Richardson will be the team’s starting QB this year, but does have some pressure behind him with Ohio State transfer Jack Miller. Two of Florida’s top four receivers return– sophomore Trent Whittemore and Justin Shorter– but that’s a unit that ranks ninth in the SEC according to Athlon Sports and 38th nationally per Phil Steele. Running back won’t be a problem, but the lack of inspiring receivers may hinder Richardson early on.

As mentioned, Florida draws a gauntlet to start the year (Utah, Kentucky, Tennessee), though six of their first seven games are at home. They also play LSU, Georgia (neutral), and at Texas A&M over a four-week stretch heading into November. While it’s clear the buy-in is there from most players, Florida’s schedule draw this year will push them to their absolute limit and fast.

Players to watch

  • QB Anthony Richardson: A full offseason as the starter will hopefully help Richardson develop into the superstar QB we’ve seen flashes of full time. He’s built like Cam Newton (also a brief Florida Gator) with an absolute rocket arm and an affinity for breaking off long runs. However, decision making and accuracy were an Achilles heel to the freshman last year.
  • LB Ventrell Miller: Miller is one of eight returning starters on a defense that, at times, completely gave up on games (52 points allowed to FCS Samford, anyone?). The good news is, the defensive starters returning buy into what Napier is building in Gainesville. While talent matters, effort is what drives defenses and Miller will be a vocal leader in the effort category.
  • OL O’Cyrus Torrence: Torrence followed Napier over from Louisiana in the transfer portal. According to 247Sports, he is the 33rd-ranked transfer and was rated a four-star. He joins three returning starters on an OL that consistently had lapses in judgement and blew assignments last year. Napier increased focus in OL coaching for this coming season.

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Florida schedule and betting odds

DateGameTime (ET)Spread
9/3/22vs. Utah7:00 p.m.+2
9/10/22vs. Kentucky7:00 p.m.-4
9/17/22vs. USF7:30 p.m.OTB
9/24/22at TennesseeTBA+4.5
10/1/22vs. Eastern Washington12:00 p.m.OTB
10/8/22vs. MissouriTBAOTB
10/15/22vs. LSUTBA-3
10/22/22BYEBYE
10/29/22vs. Georgia3:30 p.m.+14.5
11/5/22at Texas A&MTBA+7
11/12/22vs. South CarolinaTBAOTB
11/19/22at VanderbiltTBAOTB
11/26/22at Florida StateTBA-1.5
12/3/22SEC Championship4:00 p.m.

Florida Gators futures odds

College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.

Florida win total

A daunting schedule right out of the gate– Utah, Kentucky, at Tennessee in the first four weeks– is putting a damper on Florida’s win total (over ). They also have a three-game stretch vs. LSU, Georgia, and at Texas A&M with a bye wedged in there. The first month of the season will surely send lines in that later stretch of games in flux.

Odds to win 2023 National Championship

Despite their lofty social status in college football, a title shouldn’t be in the eyes of the Gators this coming season. National Championship odds pin them well on the outside looking in () and this team will be focused on bowl eligibility rather than title hopes.

Odds to win SEC Championship

Florida is on the wrong side of the SEC East pendulum, with Georgia peaking and teams like Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky swinging towards improvement. Florida’s SEC odds are currently , with a lot to prove ahead of them.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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