Florida vs. Georgia preview

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The Matchup: #2 Florida (7-0, 6-0) vs. #10 Georgia (6-1, 4-1)

When: Saturday, October 27th

Where: Jacksonville, Florida

Game Time: 3:30 PM ET

TV: CBS

Recent History: Florida has won seven of the last 10 games against Georgia, but the Bulldogs left Jacksonville with a 24-20 win last season. Florida hasn’t lost back-to-back games to UGA since ‘88-‘89.

Florida Will Win If: The Gators stop Aaron Murray’s big plays in the passing game. Georgia leads the SEC in plays over 20, 30 and 40 yards, and it’s largely due to Murray’s ability to stretch the field with his arm. The Gators’ defense has only yielded four plays over 30 yards and three plays over 40 yards this season. The longest touchdown scored on Florida’s defense was a 12-yard run against Bowling Green. Georgia’s offense lives and dies on the big play from Murray to running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. We know Will Muschamp will try and take away one aspect of Georgia’s offense. Will it be the passing game, or will it be the running game? When Georgia’s offense is firing on all cylinders, they are running the football down people’s throats with their talented freshmen duo. Look for Muschamp to take away Gurley and Marshall, and he’ll let his corners play on an island against the Bulldogs’ receivers until they prove otherwise.

Georgia Will Win If: The Bulldogs stop the Gators’ running game. There are several aspects of the Florida running game. They can go with a straight power game with Mike Gillislee, mix in more of a zone-read option attack with Jeff Driskel and Gillislee, or go to the Wildcat with Trey Burton. It’s a physical running game, no matter the guy toting the rock or the formation. Florida averages over 212 yards on the ground per game, and they will try and ram it down the Bulldogs’ throats. The Bulldogs’ defense gets Jarvis Jones back, a defense that saw Kentucky run for over 200 yards without him.

Interesting Stat: Will Muschamp has never been on winning side of a Florida-Georgia game. He lost four straight games during his career as a Bulldog, and he lost as Florida’s head coach in his debut last season.

Storyline(s): No doubt the biggest storyline exiting Jacksonville is that the winner represents the East in Atlanta. Florida owns the Eastern crown with a win, and Georgia jumps to the front with a win but will have to beat Ole Miss and Auburn in the next two weeks. Throw the stats out the window, because this is a rivalry game.

Player(s) To Watch: All eyes will be on both quarterbacks.

For Florida, Jeff Driskel has been very efficient at times and has made all the plays he’s had to throughout the course of seven weeks. He threw for four touchdowns last week with only 93 yards through the air. He’ll also make some plays in the ground game and on option plays. He’s thrown for 929 yards and eight touchdowns with only one INT and carried 66 times for 321 yards and four touchdowns. He’s calm under pressure and knows where to go with the football. Driskel is improving throughout the season, and he’s 6-0 as a starter.

For Georgia, Aaron Murray is going to have to be on his game again. This Florida defense will force Murray to make tight throws in order to move the chains. The Gators’ defense won’t give Georgia room to breathe in the running game, and Murray is going to have to make explosive plays like he’s been making all season. He made two crucial fourth-down touchdown passes in last year’s game that proved to be the difference. Murray has thrown for 1,914 yards and 16 touchdowns with only 4 INTs through seven games.

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

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  • I really expect Muschamp to come out and run the ball down the throats’ of the UGA defense. It’s been a very soft defense through eight weeks…are they going to get it together in one week? Kentucky mounted 200 yards. What will Florida do?
    Can’t wait to see Todd Grantham give his Choke sign. What a clown that guy is.
    Above all, this is a great rivalry, and there’s so much on the line this season. May the best team win.

    • Well that’s the first time Ive ever seen anyone hate on Grantham….Sorry but he’s half as ridiculous as WM (intensity they are equals). Please tell me you heard his call-in interview the other day. My God…now there’s your joke. Whatcha mad about MAD-gators? Sat. night Jax will be Bulldawg country…

      • Florida going to put Mark Richt and his career to bed Saturday night. Night night.

        • I also seem to remember a Gator kicker running around the field to to the UGA Sidlines chomping his hands (like an idiot…bc hes a kicker) after a game winner….what goes around comes around, and both teams are guilty of some of this. Meyer using all 3 time outs in the final minute of a 30 point blowout, UGA storming the field after a TD, Spikes trying to hurt every player in red, Granthams “choke sign,” UF kicker running around like a fool, Gators stomping on the G when jax was remodeling. sorry bro, its a rivaly and both sides are just as guilty as the other w that stuff. Thats what makes it fun….

        • best rack up more than 180 yards of offense….

  • I think everyone can agree with the statement “throw the stats out the window” If the players do not get excited to play this game then why are they even strapping it up? The they does not give 110% effort on that day then they will lose. Plain and simple…same talent, different colors, SEC East on the line..who wants it more? That being said UGA cannot afford to make mistakes early either. If this gator team jumps out to an early lead they will just grind ya down. But we cant play timid…gotta come outta the gates strong and make a statement early. Sounds like were gonna be thin up front too so next man up Ray Drew. Time to shine.

  • I’ve already said this once, this game it won’t matter who comes in with the better stats. IT will matter who comes ready to play. Plain and simple. Georgia still has a good offense, but the defense needs to pull it together and remember what made them by a great D last year (I’m talking right to you defensive line). Lets try to keep this civil and classy folks and remember what this game is really about…the cocktails.

  • The Gators will win because the Dawgs will not show up!!!!!!!!

  • In a rivalry game like this with a lot on the line, I go with the tougher team. At this point, it’s no comparison. Muschamp has his team tough and believing that they can’t lose. Florida wins by 13.

  • Florida sucks plain and simple. Georgia is simply the better team this year.