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LSU is 3-0 both straight up and against the spread in its last three meetings with Florida and 5-1 both SU and ATS over the last six encounters. The Tigers hope to continue their late-season resurgence when they host the SEC East-leading Gators on Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge.

Point spread: The Tigers opened as 10.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)

College football pick, via Odds Shark computer: 35.2-22.0 Tigers (College football picks on every game)

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Why the Florida Gators can cover the spread

Florida moved its magic number for a berth in the SEC Championship Game to one with a 20-7 win over South Carolina last week. The Gators grabbed a 7-0 lead four minutes into the game on an Austin Appleby touchdown pass and held a 20-0 advantage well into the fourth quarter before allowing the Gamecocks to hit the board.

Unfortunately for Florida’s financial backers, that late South Carolina score cost the Gators the cover as 13-point favorites. The Gators also lost two fumbles deep in South Carolina territory in the first half. Without those, they probably cover.

Florida outgained the Gamecocks 372-256 and won the ground battle 171-43, as sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett hit the 100-yard mark for the second time in the last four games. The Gators have now outgained and outrushed three of their last four opponents.

At 5-2 in conference play, Florida needs a win Saturday or one Tennessee loss to win the SEC East.

Why the LSU Tigers can cover the spread

The Tigers rebounded from that tough loss to rival Alabama two weeks ago to rip Arkansas in Fayetteville last week, 38-10. LSU took a 7-0

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