Gameday: Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs

By Adam Silverstein
November 2, 2013

Location: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL [Capacity: 82,000]
Weather: 73°F (feels like 73°F), mostly cloudy, winds NW at 9 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT

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FLORIDA GATORS GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Mark Richt
Record: 4-2 (3-2 SEC) Record: 4-2 (3-2 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida +3.5 | O/U: 47

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Notebook: Will Muschamp previews Georgia, updates injuries, talks new starters | Notebook: Brent Pease talks changes to the offensive line and overall scheme | Notebook: LT D.J. Humphries out 2-4 weeks, Florida-Georgia updates | Notebook: Overcoming embarrassment, can Gators’ defense return to form? | Friday Final: Major changes for Florida heading into the game

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Georgia holds a 48-40-2 all-time advantage over Florida in the series between the two teams. The Bulldogs also lead 42-37-1 for games played in Jacksonville. The Gators, however, are 18-5 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 bye weeks after suffering SEC road losses.
» Neither Florida nor Georgia are ranked entering the game for just the second time since 1980.
» All three of the Gators’ losses are to ranked opponents, while the Bulldogs dropped a game two weeks ago 31-27 to unranked Vanderbilt.
» Muschamp is winless in the Florida-Georgia series as a player (0-4) and head coach (0-2). (He has beaten UGA as an assistant at other schools.)
» Muschamp is 5-6 against UF’s traditional rivals of Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami and Tennessee. Three of those victories have come against UT.
» Two weeks ago, the Gators fell to a top 25-ranked opponent for the fifth time in their last six opportunities dating back to Oct. 27, 2012.
» The Bulldogs have already defeated two top 25-ranked opponents this season.
» Florida is 15-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards (7-11 when rushing for fewer than 150 yards). The Gators are also 18-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 14-4 when scoring first (8-7 when an opponent scores first) and 18-1 when leading at the half (4-10 when tied or trailing at the break).
» UF has registered a nation-leading 104 interceptions since 2008. Florida is also first in interceptions returned for touchdowns (17) and interception return yards (1,830).
» The Gators have forced the most turnovers among SEC teams this century (362).
» Florida has at least one turnover in 18-straight games.
» Despite giving up 36 points and 500 yards two weeks ago, the Gators still lead the SEC in total defense (273.1 yards), yards allowed per play (4.64), passing defense (172.4 yards), passing efficiency defense (91.6) and third down conversion defense (.274). UF is also second in the league in scoring defense (16.3 points), rushing defense (100.7 yards) and first downs allowed per game (15.4).
» Florida averaged 393.4 yards of offense in each of its first five games but have racked up just 195.5 yards on average in its last two games.

Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!

LAST TIME OUT

The Gators lone loss of the regular season came at the hands of the Bulldogs, which forced Florida into six turnovers in an incredibly sloppy performance.

UF only scored nine points on three Caleb Sturgis field goals but actually led 9-6 until late in the fourth quarter when Aaron Murray hit Malcom Mitchell for a 45-yard touchdown with 7:11 to play. The Gators actually put together their second-longest drive of the game on their final possession, moving 69 yards in nine plays before tight end Jordan Reed fumbled into the end zone.

Florida still would have needed a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie but had more than two minutes remaining at that point. Instead, Georgia pulled out its second-straight victory in the series, handing UF a hard-to-swallow loss.

INJURIES AND ABSENCES*

» Active (4): Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder), redshirt junior linebacker Ronald Powell (ankle), senior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (head), redshirt junior LB Darrin Kitchens (shoulder)
» Injured (10): Sophomore left tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL), Sophomore running back Matt Jones (knee – season), junior QB Jeff Driskel (leg – season), senior defensive end Dominique Easley (ACL – season), redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose (ACL – season), redshirt junior right tackle Chaz Green (labrum – season), freshman cornerback Nick Washington (shoulder – season), freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL – season), freshman safety Marcell Harris (knee), freshman defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (ACL)

* As of Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida
Missouri losing to South Carolina one week ago cracked open the door of opportunity for the Gators and Bulldogs but only one of those two teams will remain in the hunt after Saturday’s game. Florida is not only trying to keep its season alive, it is also hoping to avoid a third-straight loss to Georgia for the first time since 1987-89.

Georgia
In the same situation as the Gators, the Bulldogs have everything on the line on Saturday in Jacksonville. Georgia will either keep itself squarely in the hunt – with only Auburn and Kentucky remaining on its league schedule – or get a nail in its SEC coffin with a loss in a usually hard-fought rivalry game.

3 Comments

  1. GatorGrad98 says:

    I didn’t think it could get any worse…

  2. SW FL Joe says:

    This is the worst Gator team since 1979. Vandy is a must win for Muschamp to see 2014

  3. G2 says:

    This coaching staff is not going to get us there, need to clean house and get top coaches at every position. Players are undisciplined, too many missed assignments, stupid penalties ….just not a well coached team.
    After getting blown out in the first half at least it got interesting in the second half but never had any confidence they would actually pull out a win.

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