NCAAF Betting: 2020 Cotton Bowl Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 29, 2020 in

For only the second time in the history of these two storied football programs, the Florida Gators will meet the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2020 Cotton Bowl. These two offensive powerhouses will clash on December 30th at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Florida is coming off of a great showing against Alabama in a loss in the SEC Championship game. Oklahoma recovered from a slow start to the season to claim the Big 12 title in a revenge victory over Iowa State. Let’s have a look at both teams so you can bet against their NCAAF odds.

2020 Cotton Bowl – Oklahoma vs. Florida Betting Preview

It’s Been Awhile

11 years ago, these two programs met for the BCS National Championship. Those two teams were led by Heisman-winning quarterbacks in Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford. Much like those two, this year’s version also has some prominent quarterbacks, as Kyle Trask and Spencer Rattler have put up some huge numbers this season.

The #6 Oklahoma Sooners have been on a roll as of late. After losing two early season games, the Sooners have rebounded to win seven in a row. Led by a powerful offense, the Sooners can put up points in bunches. Rattler is a dual threat that can hurt you with his legs. He also has a very strong group of receivers. Oklahoma has a stable of good running backs, led by Rhamondre Stevenson.

Oklahoma’s offense has been the talk of the season, but it has been their defense that has sparked them during their winning streak. The Sooners defense has held five of their last six opponents to under 21 points.

Up until their loss to LSU, the 7th-ranked Gators were in line to possibly sneak into the playoffs. Kyle Trask and the Gators offense has been stellar all season. However, they’ll be missing one of their top weapons, as one of Trask’s favorite targets, Kyle Pitts has opted out of this game to prepare for the NFL draft. Trask will still have Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes, so he’ll still have a nice set of weapons. Florida has struggled to run the ball this season, so they’re hoping for more help from the rushing attack.

Florida’s defense has been suspect this season. Even though they did a nice job against some of the weaker SEC teams, they had a hard time containing the better offenses in the conference. Rattler and his arsenal of weapons will give the Gators defensive squad a lot to worry about. And unlike most seasons where you have a long time to prepare for the bowl season, the Florida coaching staff has had very little time to get ready for the Sooners offensive attack.

Fun Finish

Florida comes into this game as a three point favorite. The 8-3 Gators are 5-5-1 against the spread this season. The Sooners come into this one with a 8-2 record, and they have gone 7-3 against the spread. The over/under for the Cotton Bowl is 71.5. That may look like a lot of points, but with these two offenses capable of putting up huge numbers, and neither team having a dominant defense, that number may be an indication of the type of game we’re going to see.