We’ve entered the fourth season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.
Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won back-to-back titles in the 2015-2016 and 2016-17 seasons, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015.
Florida plus-3 at Missouri: $330 to win $300
The Gators should get a boost in interim coach Randy Shannon stepping in for the recently fired Jim McElwain this week. Shannon has some fresh ideas on how to awaken a dormant offense, and they’re sorely needed.
Florida is 73rd in the nation in gaining 5.3 yards per play against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, but it’s played an extremely tough slate of defenses. The Gators’ offense will be able to breathe again with Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire making his first start of the season against the horrific Tigers’ defense.
Even with Florida’s three-game losing streak, it shouldn’t be getting points against Missouri. The Gators looked awful in last week’s 42-7 loss to the Georgia, but the Bulldogs are one of the best teams in the country.
The other two losses, against Texas A&M and LSU, came by a total of three points.
Missouri, meanwhile, is in a sell-high position after covering in four straight games and winning the last two outright. That two-game winning streak came against Idaho and Connecticut, though.
As bad as Florida has looked, the Gators are a big step-up from the Vandals and the Huskies. Players should rally around Shannon, and leave Columbia, Mo., with a win.
Current Standings: Granger (8-8, $11,575), Keefer (12-11-1, $9,971), Brewer (12-12, $8,870), Grimala (5-7, $8,055)