Florida and Georgia is one of the best rivalries in the SEC and college football, and the latest installment of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” kicks off Saturday in Jacksonville when the #2 Gators take on the #10 Bulldogs with first place in the division on the line.
Florida can clinch the eastern division in the SEC with a win Saturday and history is on their side having won 18 of the last 22 meetings between the two rivals.
Georgia is coming off a game at Kentucky that was a lot closer than many had imagined. Aaron Murray threw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns, but they only won by five against one of the SEC’s cellar dwellers.
Much has been written about Florida this season and perhaps no team in the nation has played a more difficult schedule than the Gators who have wins over two top-ten opponents already this season and are looking for a third in Jacksonville.
Georgia has to play better on defense if they hope to pull off the upset and keep their conference title dreams alive. The Bulldogs have a number of future pros on the unit that has sorely disappointed as evident by their ranking 50th in the nation in points allowed per game.
Injuries and suspensions to key defenders is attributed to that ranking, but the time is right for them to play their most game of the season against Jeff Driskel who has thrown only one interception this year and Mike Gillislee who is fourth in the conference in rushing yards.
The last two contests have been decided by a total of seven points, so if recent history is any indicator, then this game will be a closely fought battle that will be decided by the team whose defense makes the critical stops and forces the most turnovers.