ESPN's Scott Van Pelt prediction for No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 9 Florida Gators football game

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

ESPN broadcaster Scott Van Pelt does a Winner$ segment each week on "SportsCenter," and during Thursday's segment, Van Pelt made predictions about this weekend's college football games. 

One of the games he forecast the outcome for is Saturday's matchup between Alabama and the Florida Gators.

The Florida Gators, ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, comes into the contest 2-0 overall. No. 1-ranked Alabama is also 2-0.

As of 11:13 a.m. CT on Friday, Alabama is a 14.5-point favorite against the UF Gators, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

Scott Van Pelt picks Alabama, UF Gators football 

Feb 29, 2020; College Park, Maryland, USA;  Sports commentator Scott Van Pelt reacts during the first half fo the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan State Spartans at XFINITY Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Van Pelt picked the Florida Gators to cover the 14.5-point spread. 

"Do you play any blackjack? Of course you do, because you're watching Winner$," Van Pelt said. "Is it any fun when you have to hit 16 against a face card or an ace? No, but you do it because them's the rules. 

"Like hitting 16 against a face or an ace, I'm taking Florida and the 14 1/2 against 'Bama. It just feels like what the card would tell me to do. But going against the Tide is the worst." 

A graphic on the screen said Van Pelt is 5-8 all-time picking against Alabama. 

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Nick Saban is the Alabama Crimson Tide football coach. Dan Mullen is the Florida Gators football head coach. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik

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