Prediction: Auburn-Florida pick against the spread

Gong Lijiao of China, shows her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the women's shot put at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Gong Lijiao of China, shows her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the women's shot put at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Published October 4
Updated October 4

Oct. 4--It's the game within the game -- one highlighted nearly nightly by Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter when its the baddest of bad beat: Who will win against the spread?

Auburn is headed to the Swamp for the game of the weekend, facing Florida. Two top-10 teams and College GameDay will be there with their experts making their own predictions.

We have our own prediction as well.

So who will win? Here's our analysis.

What's the spread of the Auburn vs. Florida football game?

Auburn is a consensus 2.5-point favorite, according to Vegasinsider.com.

Can Auburn cover against Florida on the road?

Florida's sack- and turnover-happy defense (it ranks second nationally in both categories with 24 and 13 respectively) will test the freshman Nix and Auburn's entire offense.

Especially consider the difficulty of playing at The Swamp (which is smaller but significantly more hostile than Texas A&M's Kyle Field) in front of a sold-out crowd that hasn't been able to witness the Gators beat the one-time annual rival Tigers in Gainesville since 2002.

But, overall, Auburn has been tested much more than Florida, whose 5-0 start has come against three unranked Power 5 teams (Miami, Kentucky and Tennessee) and two FCS opponents (UT-Martin and Towson. The Tigers might not be able to put up as many points as they did against Mississippi State, but with as good as the defense is capable of being, it might not have to.

Prediction: Auburn 23, Florida 10

-- Josh Vitale

When is the game?

WHO: No. 7 Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at No. 9 Florida (5-0, 2-0 SEC)

WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

WHEN: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CT

ON THE AIR: TV -- CBS. Radio -- WLWI 92.3 FM, WMSP 740 AM

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