Week 10 of SEC football is a pretty good one in terms conference matchups. The Tennessee Volunteers travel to Columbia to face the South Carolina Gamecocks, and if the Ole Miss Rebels live up to they hype, their game against the Auburn Tigers could be meaningful in the SEC West race.
This game, no matter how good or bad the teams are, seems to always be a tightly-contested battle full of heated moments. In 2014, both teams should be first-rate and in contention for the East division crown. The Gators should be much better on offense, while the Bulldogs should improve on defense.
The 2014 edition of this game will come down to which quarterback can rise to the occasion. Bulldogs QB Hutson Mason will be making his first start in Jacksonville, and Gators QB Jeff Driskel has never beaten Georgia. The Bulldogs’ current three-game win streak began the year before Driskel took over under center. His one game against the hated rival ended with only 191 yards passing and two interceptions.
Neither player has a proven track record in this rivalry, so whoever can stand up to the pressure will give his team the best chance at victory. With the experience each bring to the table, however, don’t expect either player to wilt away. And with the way each team plays defense against the run, this one will probably end up in each of their hands.
In most ways, Georgia is the better team on paper. There are more proven commodities on the Bulldogs roster than on the Gators, including one of the best in college football, Todd Gurley. But with Florida’s stout defense and the fact that the Bulldogs seem to hit a hiccup most years, this feels like a game they will let slip away.
The Gators will get the upset in this one, handing the Bulldogs their first loss and gaining the edge in the SEC East.
Final score: Florida 34, Georgia 31