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Updated Lines For The SEC’s Bowl Games

Nine days ago we told you that the oddsmakers in Las Vegas had tabbed eight out of 10 SEC football teams as favorites in their bowl games.  Now, for those of you who like to do a little college football betting, we take another quick look at the Vegas lines to see where the money is going.

Below you’ll see each bowl’s opening line, the Las Vegas Hilton line from December 8th and the Hilton’s line from today.  Enjoy…

Bowl Favorite Opening Line LV Hilton on 12/8 LV Hilton on 12/17
Music City Tennessee over N. Carolina Pick -2 -1.5
Liberty Georgia over UCF -6 -7 -6.5
Chick-fil-A S. Carolina over Fla. State -2.5 -3 -3
Outback Florida over Penn State -5 -7 -7.5
Capital One Alabama over Mich. State -7 -11 -10
Gator Miss. State over Michigan -5 -6 -5.5
Sugar Ohio State over Arkansas -2.5 -3.5 -3.5
Cotton LSU over Texas A&M -2.5 -1 -1
BBVA Compass Pitt over Kentucky -3 -2.5 -3
BCS Title Auburn over Oregon -1.5 -3 -3

Sidenote — Though I’m giving free pub to the Hilton’s sportsbook, I personally am more of a Bellagio man.  Just me.

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Gators fall out of AP poll after UCF loss

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PG Erving Walker leads the Gators with 13.3 points per game. (Photo by Maxwell Kruger, US Presswire)

A three-point loss to UCF on Wednesday pushed Florida further down the polls, and right out of the AP Poll.

The Gators started the year ranked No. 9 in the preseason AP Poll, but a loss to Ohio State and close wins to lesser opponents dropped them to No. 18. Falling to the Knights dropped them out of the poll, and Florida is first on the list of teams receiving votes. So, technically, 26th.

They also slid in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, falling from 16th to 24th.

Florida (6-2, 0-0 SEC) faces Kent State in the O’Connell Center Thursday night before taking a nine days off for final exams.


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SEC Headlines – 12/2/10

1.  Defensive back Mark Barron will miss Alabama’s bowl game due to surgery on a torn pectoral muscle.

2.  Alabama beat South Alabama 72-50 last night.

3.  The folks at South Carolina are focused on the game, not NCAA rulings.

4.  Here are three things Auburn fans need to know about South Carolina…

5.  And three things Carolina fans need to know about Auburn.

6.  Arkansas got a big 84-74 win over Oklahoma last night.

7.  It was the best of the win of the young season for the SEC West.

8.  If LSU goes back to Capital One Bowl — and we don’t think they will — they’ll find a better turf that the slop they played in last year.

9.  Sam Montgomery and Brandon Taylor won’t be back for the Tigers’ bowl game.

10.  Could West Virginia quarterback Barry Brunetti — a Memphis native — transfer to Ole Miss?

11.  Ole Miss’ offensive line could be in good shape next year.

12.  UM athletic director Pete Boone is apologizing to fans for several stadium woes — and a loss — during last week’s Egg Bowl.

13.  The Rebels knocked off Alcorn State last night 100-71.

14.  This writer doesn’t think Dan Mullen will leave Mississippi State this year.

15.  This scribe has a step-by-step plan to fix Florida’s football program.

16.  Maybe Florida just isn’t as talented as everyone thinks.  (What?!?!)

17.  This writer tells Gator fans that UCF is better than Florida in football and in basketball.

18.  After last night’s loss to UCF, Billy Donovan said, “We have a bunch of guys on the floor that make nobody better.”

19.  Georgia will be making some changes in its strength and conditioning program. 

20.  Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart is considering a $150-180 million dollar “face lift” for Commonwealth Stadium.  That’s a helluva face lift.

21.  Meanwhile a new basketball arena is all in the city of Lexington’s hands.

22.  UK won’t confirm or deny if the NCAA heard its Enes Kanter appeal yesterday.

23.  Josh Harrellson is dishing out some senior leadership for John Calipari’s team.

24.  South Carolina wants (needs) to get Marcus Lattimore rolling on Saturday night.

25.  The sling is off and Stephen Garcia is ready for action.

26.  Darrin Horn’s team took out Delaware State 74-61 last night for the Cocks’ fourth-straight win.

27.  Tennessee receivers coach Charlie Baggett says it’s hard to compare his young guys to his old guys.

28.  Kevin Stallings was worried about Vanderbilt’s sloppy offense in an 82-62 win over Western Kentucky last night.

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Pictures: UCF upsets No. 16 Florida at Amway Center

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Florida walks off the court as UCF celebrates the Knights 57-54 victory over the Gators at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Wednesday, December 1, 2010.  (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel)

To see more pictures from the game, click here.

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Gators Edged 57-54 by UCF

The 18/16 University of Florida men's basketball team dropped its second game of the season, 57-54 to the UCF Knights at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The loss was Florida's first against UCF in 10 meetings.
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Billy Donovan blasts Florida Gators after 57-54 loss to UCF

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Donovan didn’t mince words when asked about his team’s performance Wednesday night. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel)

The Florida Gators’ issues are bigger than a poor showing against UCF, Billy Donovan says. The Gators fell to the Knights 57-54 at Amway Center as they struggled from the three-point range (2-of-13), the free-throw line (10-of-18), and protecting the ball (14 turnovers).

Donovan, in the most blunt he’s been about his team this season, said his seniors are being too selfish.

“Those older guys are, to me, less concerned about trying to do something great collectively as a group and are more wrapped up in what’s going to happen to me,” Donovan said. “All of our older guys are way, way too wrapped up in their offense.”

While center Vernon Macklin was nearly unstoppable on the low block — he scored 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting — the Gators’ guards failed to keep feeding the big man. Instead, Donovan said, perimeter guys Erving Walker, Kenny Boynton and Chandler Parsons were concerned with creating shots for themselves.

The trio combined to shoot 34.6 percent.

“Let’s get Vernon the ball,” Donovan said. “But we’re too wrapped up in I didn’t get a shot now or I missed my last one.”

Donovan continued: “They’re not playing together and they’re not utilizing each others’ individual talents. The disappointing part is these guys all played together last year.

“We have a bunch of guys on the floor that make nobody better.”

The players didn’t disagree.

“We have a lot of talent,” Parsons said. “But to be a great team, you have to be a team. You can’t have any selfishness.”

So where do the Gators go from here?

They have to get better, obviously. And they have to be less selfish.

But more consequently, Donovan didn’t rule out the possibility of shifting the rotation.

“We’ve got try to find a way to get it corrected, and I’m not saying make a bunch of changes right now,” he said. “I got to get some of these other guys more looks to play right now. We do have a deeper bench and we have been trying to utilize it.”

Zach McCann can be reached at zmccann@orlandosentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ZachMcCann.


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Forward Chandler Parsons to get big homecoming in UCF game

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Florida's Chandler Parsons returns to his hometown when the Gators play UCF in Orlando tonight. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida plays UCF in the new Amway Center tonight, but it will feel like home for one Gator.

Orlando-native Chandler Parsons returns home to find his own impressive cheering section. The senior forward said his grandparents purchased at least 70 tickets, meaning many family and friends will be in attendance – aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, high school coaches, teammates and teachers. Even his barber, who has cut Parsons hair since he was 13, is coming.

“I got a huge family. All of my family’s in Winter Park,” said Parsons, a Lake Howell graduate. “I got the whole city coming.”

Added to the excitement is playing in the Magic’s new arena. Parsons went to a preseason game this year, and his family has owned season tickets since the team’s creation in the late 1980s.

“It’s unreal,” he said of the new arena.

The game – which has the 16th-ranked Gators (5-1, 0-0 SEC) facing the unbeaten Knights (5-0, 0-0 Conference-USA) – also pits Parsons against friends. He said that he worked out with several of the players over the summer, and he knows Keith Clanton and Taylor Young from playing against each other in high school.

So with all the build-up for Parsons around this game, does he feel anymore pressure?

“I want to play well,” he said. “But I’m not going to force everything.”


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Broadcast Information: Florida vs. UCF

The Gator Men's Basketball team heads to Orlando to take on UCF at the brand new Amway Center on Wednesday at 7pm, and there are multiple options available to follow the game live.
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