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Las Vegas Bowl Props: Back the Beavers

The No. 14 Oregon State Beavers hope to grab their first bowl game win since 2013, as they visit Sin City to battle the short-handed Florida Gators. The Beavers are 10-point favorites and are -360 on the moneyline.

There are many unknowns heading into this matchup. Florida will be without more than 10 players due to opt-outs and the transfer portal. This is a difficult game to bet on. However, three prop bets stand out as great options.

Wide receiver Jeremiah Noga #18 of the Oregon State Beavers reacts
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Let’s check the latest college football odds, stats, injury reports, and college football lines for Florida vs Oregon State. We’ve plenty of NCAA football odds for you to consider.

Florida vs Oregon State Props

  • First Scoring Play of the Game
  • Race to 20 Points
  • Oregon State to Win By 13-18 Points

First Scoring Play of the Game

When Florida is an underdog, it comes out hot. Against Florida State in the final week of the regular season, the Gators scored 14 points in the first quarter. In Week 10, Florida scored first and totaled 17 points in the first quarter against Texas A&M. In the last two games as an underdog, the Gators are averaging 15.5 first-quarter points.

Florida could struggle on offense without starting quarterback Anthony Richardson. Jack Miller III is getting his first career at QB, meaning the Gators will likely come out running the ball often. Florida ranks fifth in yards per carry, and Oregon State is 38th in allowed yards per carry. The Beavers also allowed more than 140 rushing yards in back-to-back games. Look for the Gators to score first with a touchdown thanks to an imposing run game. This could also be paired with Florida to score first at +140.

  • Pick: Florida TD (+200)

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Race to 20 Points

While I expect Florida to score first, Oregon State should quickly recover. The last time the Gators scored first, they lost 31-24 to Vanderbilt. In fact, the Commodores went on a 28-9 run after Florida made a field goal in the first quarter.

The Gators may even fail to reach 20 points. Florida will be without Richardson, All-American offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence and wide receiver Justin Shorter (second with 577 receiving yards). Backup QB Miller has not attempted a pass this season. The Gators’ offense will likely be one-dimensional, which allows the Beavers to eventually sell out on the run.

Furthermore, Oregon State is averaging 35.7 points in the last three games. Florida is allowing 38 points per game in the last two. The Beavers should have no problem hitting 20 points.

  • Pick: Oregon State (-330)

Oregon State to Win By 13-18 Points

Ultimately, Oregon State outmatches Florida. Motivation is a factor in this game. The Beavers are looking to hit 10 wins for the first time since 2006. A .500 regular season for the Gators was extremely disappointing. Plus, they will be without most of their best players.

On defense, Florida will not have its third-leading tackler Ventrell Miller (75 tackles). The run defense, which ranks 98th in allowed yards per game, will likely struggle. Oregon State has totaled more than 200 rushing yards over the last two. Plus, running back Damien Martinez averages 6.1 yards per carry and has hit 100 rushing yards in six consecutive games.

The Beavers should win comfortably. The run game is poised for another big game, Florida’s offense will be one-dimensional against a solid run defense and Oregon State could be far more motivated for the Las Vegas Bowl.

  • Pick: Oregon State to Win By 13-18 Points (+400)

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