Michigan and Florida Collide in Citrus Bowl
HRWager’s Citrus Bowl Free Pick features two programs that have made great rebounds for 2015. Michigan and Florida have both been top ten at times but fell against elite opposition. In this New Year’s Day game, the Wolverines are four point favorites. So let at HRWager point you towards profit with our free pick.
Citrus Bowl Free Pick
Will Grier got himself suspended as the starting quarterback and the Gators have never been the same. Their defense is above average as it kept the Crimson Tide at bay for almost three quarters. Kevin Taylor at running back is their sole source of offense. Treon Harris tries at quarterback but he does not go vertical well at all. With the Wolverines stout defense, look for more of the same in regards to offensive futility for Florida in this one.
Wolverines Advantage is Their QB
Michigan has struggled in their losses with running the ball. With Florida’s front seven, the Wolverines are not going to find the ground game quite difficult. Their advantage lies in their quarterback. Ruddock has close to 3,000 yards with a two to one touchdown to interception ratio. Can he be more than a game manager is what your handicapping question on spotting Florida four points in this one?
An odd event is the status of Jabrill Peppers. Coach Harbugh has been mysterious about his status. Even if he plays, there might be an exploit that the Gators could glean from the second quarter on. Computer simulations from major markets have Michigan winning from two to four points. The total is the dimension of this bowl that has seen all the movement. 41 1/2 to 38 1/2 in an almost exclusive downward fashion. HRWager recommends the Florida Gators in this one plus four points. Main reason is that while Ruddock is the better quarterback, he is not the downfield threat that will deter Florida’s defense in this. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.