Update: The 2019 Orange Bowl had the Florida Gators walk away winners with a 36-28 final score against the Virginia Cavaliers.
The Florida Gators out of the Southeastern Conference will take on the Virginia Cavaliers out of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will be the site for this game that is set to kick off on Dec. 30 at 8 pm ET. Let’s make some Orange Bowl betting predictions now that the matchup is set.
The Gators went 10-2 this season to finish in second place in the SEC East. Virginia went 9-4 during the regular season and was the champion of the ACC Coastal Division. The Orange Bowl betting spread has the Gators as 13.5-point favorites over Virginia.
Orange Bowl Picks
Virginia has a solid passing attack led by quarterback Bryce Perkins, but it struggles to run the ball. Perkins actually leads the team with 745 rushing yards, and the Gators will be looking to keep a spy on the quarterback.
Defense really carried this Virginia team for much of the season, but it did give up 62 points to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. The Cavaliers will need to play a near-perfect game to keep this one close.
Kyle Trask was supposed to be the Gators’ backup quarterback this season, but injuries forced him into action. Trask took advantage of his chance and threw for over 2,600 yards.
Running back Lamical Perine has battled injuries in 2019 but is capable of breaking off a big run at any time. The Gators have a terrific front seven on defense, and they will make life hard on Perkins. Florida gave up just 14.4 points per game this season, and they racked up 46 sacks on defense.
Orange Bowl Betting Prediction and Pick: Playing close to home gives Florida a huge edge, although it won’t need it. Virginia is simply outmatched in this game, even though it has had a great season. Bet the Florida Gators -13.5 over the Virginia Cavaliers in the Orange Bowl.
History and Facts
The Orange Bowl has been played annually since 1935, putting it in a tie with the Sun Bowl and Sugar Bowl for the second longest-running game. Capital One has been the title sponsor since 2014, and the game has been played at Hard Rock Stadium since 1996.
The ACC has had a conference affiliation with the Orange Bowl since 1999, and the other spot is filled by teams from different leagues. The annual payout is $35 million per conference, and attendance has been over 58,000 fans since 1993.
Oklahoma has the most Orange Bowl appearances with 20, and it has gone 12-8 in those games. The old Big Eight Conference still leads the way with 42 total appearances, but that number is going to hold steady.
The King Orange Jamboree Parade accompanied this game from 1936 to 2001 and was a fan favorite in the Miami area. Alabama beat Miami by a score of 35-24 in the 2018 Orange Bowl.