Week 9: Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs

By Adam Silverstein
October 29, 2010

Location: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL [Capacity: 84,000]
Weather Forecast: 77°F, partly cloudy
Time: 3:30 p.m. (EST)

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FLORIDA GATORS GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Head Coach: Urban Meyer Head Coach: Mark Richt
Record: 4-3 (2-3) Record: 4-4 (3-3)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Pick ’em; O/U 49

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Georgia leads the all-time series 46-39-2 against Florida, holding a 40-36-1 advantage in Jacksonville. The Gators have won back-to-back games in the series, defeating the Bulldogs 49-10 in 2008 and 41-17 last season.
» Over the last 20 years, UF holds a 17-3 advantage over UGA. Under Meyer, Florida is 4-1 against Georgia since 2005.
» The Gators are now 22-30 in the red zone in 2010 with 20 touchdowns and two field goals. Earlier this season, Florida had a run of 15 straight scores inside the red zone including 14 touchdowns.
» Florida’s offense has seen 12 different players overall score a touchdown this year – including defense and special teams.
» The Bulldogs are out-scoring opponents 63-31 in the first quarter while the Gators are being outscored 14-26 in the same period.
» Florida is one of two schools in the nation (Nebraska) that has three players with at least three interceptions.
» The Gators have faced the SEC’s (at-the-time) leading rusher three times this season; each time, the player no longer led the SEC after facing UF.
» Florida under Meyer is 40-1 when holding an opponent under 16 points, 29-3 when shutting an opponent out in the fourth quarter, 37-3 when holding an opponent to 35 percent or less on third down, 37-2 when giving up two or less big plays (15-yard run/25-yard pass) and 31-3 when the Gators defense scores or creates three turnovers.
» Florida is tied for the national lead with 13 interceptions on the season. Five have been returned for more than 30 yards – three for touchdowns.
» Georgia has won three straight games (Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky) by a combined score of 128-45. The Bulldogs scored 41 or more points in all three contests. Comparatively, the Gators scored 31 and 48 points against UT and UK, respectively.
» The Bulldogs out-rank the Gators in three of four major statistical averages. Georgia is 55th in passing yards (228.4), 59th in rushing yards (153.8), 39th in points scored (31.5) and 30th in points against (19.1) compared to Florida being 82nd in passing yards (186.9), 75th in rushing yards (142.1), 62nd in points scored (27.6) and 26th in points against (18.7). Both defeated common opponents Tennessee and Kentucky, but UF has faced two top-10 defenses this year in Alabama (No. 2) and LSU (No. 10).
» Saturday’s game is the first time since 1979 that at least one of the two teams is not nationally ranked. In fact, both teams have been in the top 25 on 17 occasions when they have faced each other since that year.
» New Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity previously worked was executive senior associate athletic director of internal affairs under Florida’s Jeremy Foley; he was with the school from 1992-2010.
» Gators redshirt sophomores defensive tackle Omar Hunter and fullback T.J. Pridemore both attended Buford High School, as did a number of Bulldogs including Kolton Houston, Billy Johnson and Dallas Lee.
» Florida is unranked for the first time under Meyer’s. The Gators had been listed in every poll since he took over in 2005 until they lost to Mississippi State two weeks ago.
» Four players were inducted into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame on Friday including former Gators linebackers Scot Brantley and Wilber Marshall, and former Bulldogs quarterback Zeke Bratkowski and linebacker Knox Culpepper.
» Florida will wear Nike Pro Combat uniforms for the Georgia game. They are one of 10 teams selected to wear a specially designed uniform by the company this season.

KEEP AN EYE ON…

FLORIDA
» Redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley…who had thrown 156 consecutive passes without an interception dating back to 2009, now has a 6-5 TD/INT ratio this season after throwing another pick last week. He has completed 125-of-208 passes (62.0 percent) for 1,266 yards and has a passer rating of 117.9.
» Junior running back Jeff Demps…who is averaging 6.5 yards per carry and still leads the Gators in rushing (482 yards) after missing a full game and being limited in three others. He was Florida’s leading rusher in its first five games of the season.
» Redshirt junior WR Deonte Thompson…who has seen a dip in his average yards per game this season down to 50.4. He remains the Gators’ leading receiver with 25 catches for 353 yards with a majority of his receptions earning UF first downs.
» Redshirt senior WR Carl Moore…who continues to be clutch for the Gators each week. Twelve of Moore’s last 15 catches have been for first downs including two against Tennessee, four against Kentucky, two against Alabama, three against LSU and one against Mississippi State.
» Freshman QB Trey Burton…who set a school record and SEC freshman record by scoring six touchdowns in a single game against Kentucky. He has nine scores on the season, has played five positions and may see more time behind center with the team wanting to run the ball better out of the option.
» Senior punter Chas Henry…who is the end-all be-all of Florida’s kicking game now that he has taken over for junior Caleb Sturgis (back) as the team’s field goal kicker. Henry has missed his last four field goal attempts (one negated by penalty) after nailing his first two against Alabama.
» Florida’s secondary…which has intercepted eight balls this season but has been held without a pick over the last three games. Senior safety Ahmad Black (three), redshirt sophomore CB Jeremy Brown (three) and junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins (two) and are leading the way for the unit. Brown returned one for a touchdown two games ago, and Black is tops on the team with 50 tackles on the year while also being the conference’s active leader in interceptions (11) and interception return yards (233).
» Black…who has led Florida in tackles four times this season: vs. LSU (13), Miami (10), Mississippi State (10) and USF (8). He is tops on the team overall with 60 tackles, including three for loss.

GEORGIA
» WR A.J. Green…who leads the Bulldogs in receptions (22) even though he missed the first four games of the season. Since returning, he has amassed 365 yards and four touchdowns, catching six or more balls three times for 86 or more yards.
» QB Aaron Murray…who has completed 121-of-193 passes this season for 1,766 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions, earning him a 157.0 passer rating. Murray has passed for seven TDs and one INT in the last four games (Georgia is 3-1).
» RB Washaun Ealey…who is averaging five yards per carry on 105 touches. With seven touchdowns on the season, he has accounted for more than any other player on the team and also leads Georgia with 526 rushing yards.
» Linebacker Justin Houston…who leads the SEC with nine sacks after registering 5.5 over the last three games. He is also second in the conference in tackles for loss (14.5).

INJURIES and INACTIVES
Injuries
Active – Junior RB Jeff Demps (foot), sophomore RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring), redshirt senior RB Emmanuel Moody (thigh), redshirt freshman right guard Jon Halapio (finger)
Probable – Redshirt freshman WR Andre Debose, redshirt junior DT Jaye Howard

Inactives
Redshirt sophomore LT Matt Patchan (broken wrist), junior K Caleb Sturgis (back), sophomore LB Dee Finley (fractured collarbone), freshmen RB Mack Brown, WRs Quinton Dunbar and Chris Dunkley (hamstrings)

FLORIDA ON ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY

The Gators and Bulldogs will be featured during ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. on ESPNU (hosted by Erin Andrews) and continuing from 10 a.m. until noon on ESPN. Reporter Joe Schad will have an exclusive interview with Meyer and the show’s three hosts – Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit – will be picking the game in the show’s final segment.

Read OGGOA’s Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs preview after the jump!

Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs Preview

Squaring off as unranked opponents for the first time since 1979, the Florida Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC) and Georgia Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3 SEC) are fighting to stay alive in the Southeastern Conference East division as they go head-to-head in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, FL, on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

After losing three consecutive regular season games for the first time since 1988, Florida hopes to win its third straight contest against Georgia and 18th in the last 21 years. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, are coming off a three-game winning streak and have begun to finally click offensively now that star wide receiver A.J. Green has served his four-game suspension and is back in the fold.

Florida head coach Urban Meyer is more confident in the Gators’ struggling offense now that all three of his running backs – junior starter Jeff Demps, sophomore Mike Gillislee and redshirt senior Emmanuel Moody – are healthy and playmaking redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Rainey has returned from a five-game suspension.

Defensively UF hopes to stop UGA’s high-powered offense even though it had difficulty getting a one-dimensional Mississippi State off the field two weeks ago. Even though they have not picked off a ball in the last three games, Florida’s secondary still leads the nation with 11 interceptions and could seriously impact the game against a young quarterback in Georgia’s Aaron Murray.

Aside from Murray and Green, the Bulldogs will throw RB Washaun Ealey at the Gators, hoping the orange and blue struggles in containment. UF’s shaky offensive line will also be tested by UGA linebacker Justin Houston, who has been terrorizing QBs to the tune of an SEC-high nine sacks this year.

Also looking for a rebound effort is senior punter Chas Henry, who has shanked his last four field goal attempts (one negated by penalty) after scoring all of Florida’s point against Alabama. Henry continues to fill in for junior kicker Caleb Sturgis, who Meyer hoped would be back this week but remains out with a back injury.

The winner of Saturday’s game will still be alive with an opportunity to represent the East in the 2010 SEC Championship, while the loser will be out of the running for all intents and purposes. The game’s victor will also receive the ceremonial Okefenokee Oar for their respective student government, a tradition that began last season.

Catch the Gators’ eighth game of the season live on television on ESPNU, via the radio or through OGGOA‘s live updates on Twitter.
 
 

16 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Gators win and turn the corner : 31 – 21……….god I hope I am not wearing OB glasses

  2. Rico Raw says:

    Another indignant chapter in what is becoming the season from hell for our boyz…an improving Dawg team further exposes our lack of talent and cohesiveness, and Richt shows who the REAL coach is in loss #4 in a row…30-14 Dawgs. Heads will roll and a different caliber athlete will be recruited here on out. Whereas ornage & blue blinders were gladly worn as long as criminals produced on the field, loyalty will go stale like 3 day old jerky on a stick when these punks can’t beat average teams. Look for MAJOR shakeups to staff and team at years end. Long overdue if you ask me….

  3. John S says:

    Against like opponents we’re pretty even. Hopefully our line shows up for this one, and the backs remember their assignments. We could get knocked out of this early if we aren’t ready.

    Come on gators let’s turn it around, Bow up for them dawgs!

  4. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Man I hope you’re right.

  5. Luke says:

    I’m afraid we drop this one today… 21-17 Georgia, but I hope I’m wrong. I’d love to see our offense explode, but if we win, I think it’ll be real close.

  6. GatorsFanLA says:

    C’mon y’all! Now don’t take that left turn to negative town!

    Gators Win!

    Go Gators!!

  7. zach says:

    With Demps healthy and having Rainey back i see us winning this game by 2 touchdowns.

  8. Luke says:

    With Demps healthy and Rainey back, I’m seeing two fumbles, but I’d rather Zach’s prediction. I hate to say I’ve lost faith, but it’s hard to have much confidence in this team.

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    Our offensive line looks like they have never played a game in their lives…I’m just baffled. It gets worse by the week not better as one would suspect.

    We also need to stop going for the field goals, it’s becoming a waste.

  10. john s says:

    Come on o line keep it up. Thank u defense.

  11. Luke says:

    The future is NOT BRANTLEY!!

  12. Mr2Bits says:

    Great game boys…….I love it!

  13. It'sG82BAFlaGator says:

    GATORS WIN!

  14. DC says:

    The last 3 games were painful to watch. They couldn’t get anything going. This game was actually fun to watch. There was better flow, less predictability and more speed with Rainey and Demps being back. Part (not all) of the problems had to be related to the injuries and suspensions. Nothing like beating Georgia to get your season back on track. Go Gators.

  15. Escambia94 says:

    @DC At some point in the second half after the booze wore off, I convinced myself that we were going to lose, but I was okay with losing only because it was fun to watch. On top of that, it showed hope for the future.

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