Location: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, Florida [Capacity: 82,871]
Weather: 57°F (feels like 52°F), sunny / windy, winds WNW at 23 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)
SiriusXM: 119/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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|FLORIDA GATORS||No. 11 GEORGIA BULLDOGS|
|Head Coach: Will Muschamp||Head Coach: Mark Richt|
|Record: 3-3 (2-3 SEC)||Record: 6-1 (4-1 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
Odds: Florida +11.5 | O/U 47.5
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Notebook: Will Muschamp previews Florida-Georgia, talks starting Treon Harris, fixing Florida’s numerous offensive issues during bye
Story: Gators adopt “bunker mentality” as players support coach
Story: Tim Tebow on Treon Harris: We’ll see what he’s made of
Notebok: Kurt Roper talks Harris starting, Florida’s progress on offense
Notebook: Gators defense ready to stop Bulldogs rush, more from D.J. Durkin
The Silver Lining: Florida players exuding confidence entering Georgia game
Friday Final: Players talk Florida-Georgia
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Georgia holds a 49-40-2 all-time advantage over Florida in the series between the two teams. The Bulldogs also lead 43-37-1 for games played in Jacksonville. The Gators, however, are 18-6 against their rivals since 1990 and have the best stretch in the series, going 15-2 from 1990-2006.
» UF and UGA are both coming off their second bye weeks of the season.
» Georgia has won three-straight games against Florida (each by eight points or fewer) and is looking to win four-in-a-row for the first time since taking six consecutive showdowns from 1978-83.
» The Bulldogs are favored by 11.5 points entering the game despite not having beaten the Gators by more than eight points since 1997 (20).
» With a loss, this Gators senior class would be the first to go winless against their border rival since 1983.
» Muschamp is winless in the Florida-Georgia series as a UGA player (0-4) and UF head coach (0-3), making him 0-7 overall in the rivalry game.
» The Gators have lost five-straight games against top 25 opponents and are now 4-13 against ranked opponents under Muschamp.
» Florida is now 21-6 against unranked opponents under Muschamp and 12-4 against unranked SEC teams during his tenure after losing to LSU and Missouri – at home – in consecutive weeks.
» UF is 3-10 since Oct. 6, 2013, sporting the worst win-loss record in the SEC during that period.
» Four of Florida’s six games this season have been decided by six points or fewer.
» It is just the second time in the last 28 years that the Gators have started a season 3-3 through six games.
BLUE VS. RED
Florida (blue) and Georgia (red) will both don colored jerseys in Saturday’s game with neither team wearing white tops during the contest.
A throwback to the 1960s, the jersey choices were initially suggested by a fan who contacted Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley and noted that it would be a unique way to celebrate the rivalry. The Bulldogs agreed to the suggestion – likely an easy process as former UF staffer Greg McGarity serves as the school’s athletic director – and the SEC approved the measure because the colors are different enough that the referees will not have trouble telling the teams apart.
This photo (from 1965) is what it will look like on the field Saturday (though both teams will wear their present-day uniforms and gear):
TIM TEBOW ON COLLEGE GAMEDAY
Following a segment on Muschamp, former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow gives Florida a pep talk, explaining why the assistant coaches and players must also live up to their end of the bargain of being a true team.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES
» Probable (1): Redshirt junior quarterback Jeff Driskel (back)
» Questionable (3): Freshman defensive lineman Gerald Willis (ankle), freshman linebacker Daniel McMillian (head), redshirt freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL)
» Out (4): Redshirt senior tight end Jake McGee (leg – season), junior RB Mark Herndon (ACL – season), freshman defensive back J.C. Jackson (shoulder – season), freshman DT Thomas Holley (hip – season)
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Muschamp’s job. The SEC East. The season. Everything. After losing consecutive home games against unranked SEC opponents, including a slobberknocking courtesy of Missouri on homecoming, the Gators are facing a complete uphill battle if they wish to end the 2014 season with any type of success – as little as a bowl game appearance or as much as a division title and spot in the SEC Championship game. In order to keep their season alive and head coach employed, all Florida has to do is take down the No. 11-ranked team in the nation, which just also happens to be a blood rival that holds three-straight victories over UF’s head.
Despite whipping up on the Tigers, the Bulldogs do not have the SEC East completely locked up. A loss to now-unranked South Carolina during the second week of the season put Georgia behind the eight ball to start league play, but UGA’s remaining schedule only features one ranked opponent in current-No. 3 Auburn. If the Bulldogs can get past the Gators, a loss to the Alabama-based Tigers would not put them out of commission in the division race. Missouri stands with just one league loss (UGA) but has five winable SEC games remaining; chances are Mizzou will slip up once more but needing it to lose twice would be too much to ask for Georgia. A win over Florida would also give its border rival continued ammunition on the recruiting trail as UGA has been able to snatch up numerous UF targets due to the programs’ differing levels of success over the last three years.