Win Over Georgia Equals SEC East Title for Florida

By Steve LeMaster

Head coach Will Muschamp isn’t playing blackjack but he is heading into game number 21 as head coach of the Florida Gators. Muschamp has Florida 7-0 overall, 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference and closing in on a division title. With a win over the Georgia Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1), Florida will clinch the SEC East title.

Florida and Georgia are set to meet on EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Winning over Georgia will also allow Florida to remain in the hunt for a national title. Last year, in Muschamp’s first season in Gainesville. Georgia overcame a 17-3 deficit to defeat the Gators for only the fourth time in 22 attempts.

Georgia has struggled against ranked opponents since 2008. The Bulldogs’ history with heavyweights doesn’t bode well for them heading into their latest SEC East showdown. Since 2008, Georgia is 6-14 against ranked opponents. In its last 10 games versus ranked foes, Georgia has compiled a 2-8 record.

By winning, Georgia would remain in the hunt for an SEC East title. Georgia would have to defeat Florida and win the rest of its conference games to clinch the divisional championship.

Florida and Georgia are currently 1-2 in the SEC East. The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-2), Vanderbilt Commodores (2-3), Missouri Tigers (0-4), Tennessee Volunteers (0-4) and Kentucky Wildcats (0-5) round out the division standings.

Following Saturday’s game versus Georgia, Florida will host the Missouri Tigers. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns and Jacksonville State Gamecocks. The Gators will meet the Florida State Seminoles in a regular-season finale on Saturday, Nov. 24. A win over Georgia and keeping its next three upset-minded foes in check will allow Florida to head into Tallahassee undefeated for its game against in-state rival Florida State.


You May Also Like