Location: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL [Capacity: 84,000]
Weather Forecast: 71°F, sunny, winds NNW at 13 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
|FLORIDA GATORS||(22) GEORGIA BULLDOGS|
|Head Coach: Will Muschamp||Head Coach: Mark Richt|
|Record: 4-3 (2-3)||Record: 5-2 (4-1)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida +3; O/U 48.5
Need to catch up on the Gators before week four action? No problem. OGGOA has been here all week compiling a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
HISTORY and STREAKS
» Georgia leads the all-time series against Florida 46-40-2 and holds a 40-37-1 advantage in games played in Jacksonville, FL. However, the Gators are on a three-game winning streak against the Bulldogs and also hold records of 8-2 in the last 10 match-ups and 18-3 dating back to 1990.
» Florida’s victory over Georgia in 2010 (34-31) marked the first time in the history of the series that a game went into overtime. Neither UF nor UGA was ranked in that contest for the first time since 1979.
» For the first time in series history, both the Gators and Bulldogs enter Saturday’s game coming off of a bye week. Florida took a three-game losing streak into the off week, while Georgia had won five consecutive games before getting a week of rest.
» The Bulldogs are 12-4 under Richt following a bye week.
» Richt is 2-8 against UF since taking over as head coach of UGA.
» Muschamp, who played college football for Georgia, will be facing his alma mater for the eighth time in his coaching career; he is 3-4 in the prior seven contests. As a player with the Bulldogs from 1991-94, Muschamp’s teams were 0-4 against the Gators.
» Florida is undefeated this season when out-rushing their opponent or leading at the half; however, UF is winless when tied/trailing at the half or being out-rushed.
» In their four victories, the Gators are outscoring opponents 54-3 in the first quarter, while in their losses they have been outscored 31-10. UF has also scored on their opening drive in four of seven games.
» The Bulldogs are outscoring their opponents 61-10 in the first quarter; Georgia’s defense has only allowed three first-quarter points to be scored this season.
» Florida has half as many upperclassmen (19 seniors, 14 juniors) as they do underclassmen (35 sophomores, 33 freshmen) on the roster the season.
» The Gators had a 100-yard rusher in four-straight games to start the season, the team’s second-longest streak ever, before failing to accomplish that feat in each of the last three games (all losses).
» Fourteen different Florida players made their first career start this season including five freshmen; 15 total freshmen have seen game action this year.
» The Gators offense has struggled as of late, and Florida has had major problems putting the ball in the end zone. UF has scored points in 19 of 28 quarter this season and touchdowns in only 15 of those quarters.
» Turnover margin has also been a consistent issue for the Gators. Florida is -7 on the season and has given up the ball exactly that many times in their three losses.
» The Gators not forced a turnover in three weeks after acquiring four in their previous game and seven total over the first four weeks of the season.
» UF’s offensive line has only allowed 11 sacks through seven games, making them second in the SEC in that category.
» Florida is No. 11 nationally and fifth in the SEC in total defense (289.1 yards per game). The Gators are also No. 16 nationally and third in the SEC in scoring defense (18.9 points per game).
» UF’s pass defense is allowing just 168.4 yards per game, good for third in the SEC and sixth nationally.
» The Gators’ defense is fifth in the nation in preventing third-down conversions, allowing just 27.5 percent of those attempted to be successful.
» Florida’s defense has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (311) since 2000. UF also has the most interceptions in the nation (72) since 2008.
» Georgia is the only team in the SEC to score first in every game this season.
» The Gators and Bulldogs each lead in two of the four major statistical categories. Florida tops Georgia in national averages of rushing yards 175.7-162.4 (41st-54th) and points against 18.9-20.4 (16th-27th), while UGA leads UF in passing yards 248.7-178.0 (47th-100th) and points scored 32.3-26.9 (36th-71st). The teams each defeated one common opponent – Tennessee – this season, with the Gators winning 33-23 in week three and the Bulldogs claiming victory 20-12 in week six.
LAST TIME OUT
The Florida-Georgia game one year ago was one for the ages, ending in overtime after Gators punter Chas Henry kicked a 37-yard field goal to claim a hard-fought victory. Florida led 21-7 at the half after scoring on three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter. Georgia fought back to tie the game 24-24 in the middle of the fourth quarter, but a 51-yard touchdown run by Trey Burton (his second score of the game) gave UF the late advantage. Aaron Murray’s 15-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green tied the game once again, sending it into overtime for the first time in series history. On the Bulldogs’ first overtime possession, Will Hill intercepted Murray and nearly returned it to end the game, falling just short of the goal line. The Gators took over and Henry iced the game, making up for a missed field goal earlier in the contest.
ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY
Aside from the first hour of GameDay being hosted by Florida alum and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, the Gators and Bulldogs rivalry game will be featured in a separate segment about the series and will also be one of the games argued about during the pickets segment on Saturday’s broadcast at approximately 11:45 a.m.
INJURIES / ABSENCES
Read the remainder of OGGOA’s Gameday Preview including an injury report, players to keep an eye on and multiple preview videos…after the break!
» Probable: Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley (lower leg), redshirt junior kicker Caleb Sturgis (knee), sophomore Buck linebacker Ronald Powell (neck/shoulder), senior running back Jeff Demps (ankle), redshirt sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Andre Debose (ankle), junior RB Mike Gillislee (ankle), redshirt senior left guard Dan Wenger (foot)
» Inactive: Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee)
» Active: Safety Shawn Williams (suspension – first half), defensive lineman Kwame Geathers (suspension – first half)
» Inactive: WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
» Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley (#12)…who has completed 64.7 percent of his passes (66-of-102) this season for 942 yards and five touchdowns but also threw three interceptions including one returned for a score in his last appearance. Brantley has missed the last 10 quarters of action after injuring his ankle against Alabama, a game in which he was leading the offense as well as he had all year.
» Redshirt senior RB Chris Rainey (#1)…who has 775 yards of total offense this season with five touchdowns (including a punt block return). Rainey is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 15.3 yards per reception and leads Florida in rushing and receiving this season. He became the first player in school history to have a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game, achieved the school and SEC record for career punt blocks (five), and is the active leader in that category nationally. He also rushed for 100 yards or more in three-straight games, the first UF player to do so since Fred Taylor last accomplished that feat 14 years ago.
» Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Andre Debose (#4)…who jumped to second on the Gators’ receiving list with mirror image 65-yard touchdowns against Alabama and LSU. Fans have been waiting for Debose to emerge for some time, and his 233 receiving yards are the second-best on the team through its first seven games. Additionally, his 25.9 yards per catch is the highest average in the SEC and sixth nationally.
» Sophomore RB Trey Burton (#8)…who may continue to take direct snaps after primarily serving as a receiver and running back in the team’s first five games. Burton was being used to help fill the void at the quarterback position created by Brantley’s injury, but his role is to be determined this week.
» Sophomore safety Matt Elam (#22)…who is the most valuable member of Florida’s secondary in only his second year. He is tied for second on the team in tackles (43) and at one point created turnovers in three-straight games (fumble-INT-INT). His 12 tackles against LSU three weeks ago marked a career high, and his 3.5 tackles for loss this season is fourth-best on the team.
» Defensive tackles sophomore Dominique Easley (#2) and redshirt senior Jaye Howard (#6)…who have solidified the interior of one of the Gators’ strongest units. Howard is the team’s most experienced player on defense (24 starts), while Easley may be its most dynamic off the snap, with a first-step raved about by teammates and coaches alike. Howard and Easley have combined for 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks through the first seven games.
» Linebackers junior Jon Bostic (#52) and redshirt sophomore will linebacker Jelani Jenkins (#3)…who are 1-3 on the team in tackles. Bostic (51) and Jenkins (41) have each excelled in different areas for Florida. The former has five tackles for a loss and three sacks while the latter has one sack and five pass breakups on the year.
» Redshirt junior kicker Caleb Sturigs (#19)…who has returned for Florida after missing eight games one year ago with an injured back. He is 15-for-16 in field goal attempts on the season (long: 51) and is perfect with 19 extra points, leading the Gators with 64 points scored this season. Sturgis holds the national lead with 15 field goals made.
» QB Aaron Murray (#11)…who is one of the best players at his position in the SEC this season. Murray has completed 60.6 percent of his passes (120-of-198) for 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions, though he will be without his leading receiver.
» RB Isaiah Crowell (#1)…who leads the Bulldogs with 128 carries for 608 yards (4.8 average) with four rushing touchdowns this season. Crowell will be counted on to keep the Gators’ defense honest all game long.
» Tight end Orson Charles (#7)…who takes over as Georgia’s best pass-catcher due to Mitchell being sidelined. Charles is second on the team in receptions (22) and yards (299) and is tied with WR Tavarres King with four touchdown catches in 2011.
» Georgia’s offensive line…which is one of the biggest in the nation. The five starters average a height of 6’4” and weight of 329 lbs. Three of those starters are seniors.
» Cornerbacks Brandon Boykin (#2) and Branden Smith (#1)…who each play on offense, defense and special teams for Georgia. Boykin his four career kickoff returns for touchdowns and splits time at punt returner with Smith. The former is the secondary’s most experienced player with 31 career starts. He also has 27 tackles (4.5 for loss) and two interceptions this year.
» LB Mike Gilliard (#35)…who has led his team in tackles in four of their five victories. Against Tennessee, Gilliard had 12 tackles, a forced fumble, a sack and a pass defense.
» Punter Drew Butler (#13)…who is arguably the nation’s best player at his and a back-to-back Ray Guy Award finalist. Butler won the award in 2009 but lost to Florida’s Chas Henry in 2010. He is currently the SEC’s all-time leader in punt average at 46.1 yards per kick can flip his team’s field position on a dime.
VIDEOS / PREVIEWS
ESPN: Keys to Florida-Georgia
CBS: Florida discusses rivalry with Georgia
CBS: Georgia geared up for Florida