Florida vs. Boston College odds, line: 2020 Roman Legends Classic picks, predictions from proven model

Teams looking to improve on their fortunes from a year ago meet when the Florida Gators take on the Boston College Eagles in a 2020 Roman Legends Classic matchup on Thursday. The Gators (1-0) tied for fourth with Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference at 11-7 and were 19-12 overall in 2019-20. The Eagles (1-2), meanwhile, tied for 10th with Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 7-13 and were 13-19 overall a year ago. Florida has won both of the previous two games in the series, including a 91-65 triumph on Nov. 29, 1994.

The game is slated to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET from “Bubbleville” at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Florida had the 146th-best offense last season, averaging 71.9 points per game, while Boston College was 321st at 64.6. The Gators are 5.5-point favorites in the latest Florida vs. Boston College odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 139.5. Before making any Boston College vs. Florida picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Florida vs. Boston College in the Roman Legends Classic 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Boston College vs. Florida:

  • Florida vs. Boston College spread: Florida -5.5
  • Florida vs. Boston College over-under: 139.5 points
  • Florida vs. Boston College money line: Florida -260, Boston College +210
  • FLA: Was on the verge of its fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid before COVID-19 ground last season to a halt
  • BC: All three of its games this year have been decided by nine points or fewer

Why Florida can cover

The Gators had to wait a bit to start their season, but came out on top against Army on Wednesday thanks in part to a pair of transfers. They will look to build on their 76-69 victory with the help of junior forward Colin Castleton, a versatile big man who played two seasons at Michigan. He is known as a top-notch defender and shot blocker. In the win over Army on Wednesday, Castleton scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked one shot. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 44 appearances at Michigan.

Also expected to power the Gators is junior guard Tyree Appleby, who scored 15 points in the win over Army. He was one of the best players on the Cleveland State roster and averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 assists in 63 appearances with the Vikings.

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Proven model backing Florida, Iowa

The Week 14 college football odds from William Hill Sportsbook are out, and bettors are on the hunt for value as intriguing matchups like Alabama vs. LSU, Wisconsin vs. Indiana and Florida vs. Tennessee take center stage. Mac Jones and the top-ranked Crimson Tide are coming off an impressive 42-13 victory in the Iron Bowl, and they’ll enter Saturday’s SEC showdown against LSU as 28.5-point favorites. Alabama suffered a 46-41 defeat against the Tigers in 2019, but LSU limps into Saturday’s contest having lost two of its last three games. The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, have won 10 of their last 11 road games and are averaging 48.5 points per game this season, which ranks third in the nation. 



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In the Big Ten, No. 16 Wisconsin takes the field after suffering a 17-7 loss against Northwestern on Nov. 21 and the Badgers are laying 14.5-points against the 12th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers. Which college football football bets have the most value on the Week 14 college football schedule? Before making any Week 14 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 49-25 on all top-rated picks through 13 weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 14 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head here to see every pick.

Top Week 14 college football predictions 

One of the top Week 14 college football picks the model is recommending: No. 6 Florida (-17) covers on the road against Tennessee in a 3:30 p.m. ET SEC on CBS matchup. The Gators have won five in a row by 16 or more points and have gone 3-1-1 against the spread during that span. Tennessee, meanwhile, has dropped five straight and has failed to cover in all those games.

The Gators have also won 14 of their last 15 against Tennessee and have blown the Vols out by 26 or more points in their last two meetings. The simulations show Heisman candidate Kyle Trask throwing for well over 300 yards for the Gators. They pick up the cover in over 60 percent of simulations. The under (61.5), meanwhile, hits almost 60 percent of the time. 

Another one of the top Week 14 college football predictions from SportsLine’s model: No. 19 Iowa (-13) covers on the road against Illinois in a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff from Memorial Stadium. The Hawkeyes have strung together four consecutive victories after losing their first two games of the season. Iowa is

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Proven model backing Florida, Iowa State

The No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers (5-1) have been one of the best stories in college football this year, but they’ll now have to move forward without quarterback Michael Penix Jr. The breakout star tore his ACL and is out for the year. The latest Week 14 college football odds from William Hill Sportsbook now list No. 16 Wisconsin as a 14.5-point favorite, up 4.5 points from the opening line, as the Badgers take on the Hoosiers at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.



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Can backup quarterback Jack Tuttle help keep Indiana within the spread in that game or will the Badgers roll to a cover? And which other lines should you target in your Week 14 college football bets? Before making any Week 14 college football picks on that game or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 49-25 on all top-rated picks through 13 weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 14 from William Hill and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head here to see every pick.

Top Week 14 college football predictions 

One of the top Week 14 college football picks the model is recommending: No. 6 Florida (-17) covers on the road against Tennessee in a 3:30 p.m. ET SEC on CBS matchup. The Gators have won five in a row by 16 or more points and have gone 3-1-1 against the spread during that span. Tennessee, meanwhile, has dropped five straight and has failed to cover in all those games.

The Gators have also won 14 of their last 15 against Tennessee and have blown the Vols out by 26 or more points in their last two meetings. The simulations show Heisman candidate Kyle Trask throwing for well over 300 yards for the Gators. They pick up the cover in over 60 percent of simulations. The under (61.5), meanwhile, hits almost 60 percent of the time. 

Another one of the top Week 14 college football predictions from SportsLine’s model: No. 13 Iowa State (-7) covers at home against West Virginia in a 3:30 p.m. ET matchup on Saturday. The Cyclones have perhaps the best QB-RB duo in the Big 12 in quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall. Both were on display in an impressive win over Texas last week.

Purdy threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown, while Hall ran for 91 yards and a score. Matt Campbell’s team is 6-2 against the spread this season and is 3-1 ATS in

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Statewide marketing campaign supports COVID-wracked Florida retailers during holiday shopping season



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The holidays will look a little different this year. We’ll probably have to tweak a few family traditions, tighten the guest list for holiday gatherings and wear protective gear while we shop for loved ones due to COVID-19.

But no matter what challenges we face, Floridians are known to be generous, especially this time of year. Hundreds of retailers across the state of Florida are counting on your generosity and support this season to keep them afloat. So when you begin to check off your holiday gift list, be sure to “Find It In Florida.”

“Find It In Florida?” Yes! You can find everything on your shopping list this season right here in the Sunshine State. And that’s what I’m asking you to do. Whether you’re shopping for toys, looking for the perfect surprise for your loved one or sending colleagues some holiday cheer, there are so many choices at retail stores across Florida.

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At the Florida Retail Federation, we launched a new public awareness campaign this season urging consumers to “Find It In Florida.” The symbol is like a map, representative of our state’s history and the early explorers who discovered the beauty, bounty and treasures our state has to offer. The words are like a call to action, encouraging consumers to shop at Florida retail stores before considering anywhere else.

Your support for Florida’s retail stores – from big-box stores to small corner stores – is important now more than ever. Many Floridians have suffered this year because of COVID-19. Many businesses, especially retail stores, were forced to close for periods of time and lost significant revenues due to restrictions and fear.

Florida’s retail industry is resilient. Stores were quick to pivot to offer delivery and curbside options so that customers can shop safely and help prevent the spread of illness. Many stores invested in new technologies, like contactless payment systems, dividers and signage to keep their teams and customers safe while in store.

Now, the most important season in the retail calendar is upon us. The final two months of the year are often considered the make-or-break for the retail industry. Traditionally, purchases made at retail stores during the holiday season account for nearly one-fifth, or 19 percent, of a store’s annual sales. For many retailers, it’s even higher than that. This season is critical to their bottom line.

And retail stores provide jobs for Florida families. Millions of Floridians have lost their jobs or lost wages in this economic downturn. We must save every job that remains. Florida retail stores support 2.7 million jobs for Florida families. That’s one in five jobs across the state.

So when you choose to “Find It In Florida,” you’re supporting Florida businesses and Florida jobs.

You can have confidence in the measures adopted by Florida retail stores to keep you safe and healthy while shopping. If you choose to shop in store, you’ll see team members and customers alike wearing masks

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UCF vs. South Florida odds, line: 2020 college football picks, War on I-4 predictions from proven model

The South Florida Bulls and the UCF Knights are set to square off in the 2020 War on I-4 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls are 1-7 overall and 1-2 at home, while UCF is 5-3 overall and 3-1 on the road. The in-state rivals are facing off for the 12th time in history and USF holds a 6-5 edge in the all-time series despite UCF being on a three-game winning streak head-to-head.

Both teams have struggled against the spread this season with UCF at 3-5 an USF at 3-4. The Knights are favored by 25 points in the latest UCF vs. South Florida odds from William Hill Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 67. Before entering any South Florida vs. UCF picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 44-23 on all top-rated picks through 12 weeks of the 2020 college football schedule, returning over $1,200 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on UCF vs. South Florida. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for South Florida vs. UCF:

  • UCF vs. South Florida spread: UCF -25
  • UCF vs. South Florida over-under: 67 points
  • UCF vs. South Florida money line: South Florida +1100, UCF -2400

What you need to know about South Florida

South Florida lost 56-21 against the Houston Cougars two weeks ago. USF was down 42-7 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. No one had a standout game offensively for South Florida, but they got scores from QB Jordan McCloud, WR Omarion Dollison, and DB Leonard Parker, who has been filling in at running back lately.

The Bulls took Memphis to the wire three weeks ago and it was largely a function of winning the turnover battle (1-0), minimizing penalties (4-38) and bottling up the Memphis rushing attack. The Tigers only managed 98 yards on the ground in their 34-33 win as 17-point favorites and USF will be looking to implement a similar gameplan to cover as more than three-score underdogs again.

What you need to know about UCF

UCF lost a heartbreaker to the Cincinnati Bearcats when they met last October, and they left with another loss again last week. It was a hard-fought contest, but UCF had to settle for a 36-33 defeat against Cincinnati. Despite the loss, the Knights had strong showings from WR Marlon Williams, who caught eight passes for two TDs and 97 yards, and QB Dillon Gabriel, who passed for three TDs and 243 yards on 49 attempts in addition to picking up

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If cops pull you over this year, you’ll get a ticket instead of a gift – South Florida Sun Sentinel

Miami Gardens did similar events in 2017, 2018 and 2019. A department memo from last year said the giveaways would be an opportunity to shift the public’s perception of law enforcement, calling it a “fun and interactive time for our citizens, as well as our police officers.” This year, because of COVID-19, the department did drive-through events instead.

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Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico draws coronavirus criticism for going to Florida for daughter’s nuptials

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico found himself in an online family feud of sorts after attending his daughter’s wedding in Florida just a week after warning his suburban constituents that a mask mandate might be in order to combat a surge of the coronavirus.

The suburban mayor was publicly shamed by his niece, a former BuzzFeed personality, who tweeted that she was “fuming” after learning her uncle traveled to Naples, Florida, to attend the wedding, which she said included at least 50 guests.

“I can’t believe I have to say this but if you are HAVING A WEDDING THIS WEEKEND WITH UNMASKED PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE something is wrong with you!!!!” Kristin Chirico tweeted Saturday.

A photo allegedly of the mayor and others at the wedding also appeared on Twitter. None of the people in it were wearing masks.

The father of the bride pushed back against the wedding zinger.

“My family and I all took COVID tests and tested negative prior to traveling to Florida this weekend for my daughter Jenna’s wedding,” Mayor Chirico said in a statement issued Sunday. “It was an outdoor wedding and reception with a total of 53 guests. Upon my return to Naperville, I will be quarantining and testing again.”

People from both ends of the political spectrum weighed in on the suburban mayor’s decision to attend the wedding.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized the mayor during his coronavirus briefing Monday, saying “that’s precisely what we ask people not to do.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker conducts a virtual daily briefing on COVID-19 on Monday.

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Former Republican gubernatorial and congressional candidate Jeanne Ives said in a Facebook post Steve Chirico “is proving to be just like all the other hypocrite Democrats in this state.

“More egregious is when he took a knee to a mob of people he didn’t know this summer insinuating that he sided with them against policing and then afterwards he allowed his city to be vandalized by thugs,” the post reads in part. “Total disgrace.”

Steve Chirico, who was first elected mayor of the state’s third largest city in 2015, told the Daily Herald in September he’s been a Republican his entire life, though he backed Democratic challenger Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in this month’s election.

The mayor’s Facebook page includes numerous posts about COVID-19 precautions, including photos of him with the slogan “Safer at Home” and written postings and a YouTube video of him urging residents to “Please follow the 3Ws: WEAR a mask, WATCH your distance and WASH your hands.”

At a virtual town hall meeting last week, the mayor said the suburb was considering a city ordinance mandating face coverings to fight the spread of the coronavirus even though there’d be “a lot of criticism for it,” the Daily Herald reported.

With their eyes on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the head of the state’s public health department, have repeatedly asked the state’s residents to continue to wear their masks and keep their distance

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