Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 80°F (feels like 81°F), sunny, winds W at 4 mph
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
TV: Pay-Per-View* (Larry Vettel, Nat Moore, Brady Ackerman)
* Providers: AT&T U-Verse (Statewide), Advanced Cable (Coral Springs, Weston), Bright House (Central Florida), Comcast (Jacksonville, Tallahassee), Centurylink (Fort Myers, Orlando, Tallahassee), Cox (Gainesville/Ocala, North Florida), DirecTV (Statewide), Dish Network (Statewide), Home Town Cable (Port St. Lucie), Mediacom (Panhandle)
|FLORIDA GATORS||GEORGIA SO. EAGLES|
|Head Coach: Will Muschamp||Head Coach: Jeff Monken|
|Record: 4-6||Record: 6-4|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southern (FCS)|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
PLAYER AVAILABILITY UPDATES
One hour before kickoff, Florida announced that freshman wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has been suspended for the remainder of the season (two games) due to a violation of team rules.
The Gators also announced that redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg will be making his second career start and sophomore defensive end Jonathan Bullard will miss the game after aggravating a previously undisclosed injury.
KEEP UP WITH THE GATORS
Busy during the week? Miss a feature, story or post on OnlyGators.com? No worries. Catch up on what you missed via the links below!
Notebook: Will Muschamp previews Georgia Southern, updates injuries, more | Notebook: Brent Pease talks offensive line, running game | Story: Florida’s freshmen wideouts still works in progress | Notebook: Two Gators ruled out for Saturday | Story: QB Tyler Murphy not ruled out, but Skyler Mornhinweg in line to start | Friday Final: Florida focused on defending triple option
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida is 2-0 all-time against Georgia Southern, earning victories in 1986 and 1996. UF has never lost to an FCS opponent.
» The Gators finished below .500 in SEC play for the second time in the last three years. Prior to that, Florida had not failed to reach that mark since 1979.
» UF has already lost to two unranked opponents this season and is now 18-3 against such teams under Muschamp.
» The Gators lost their first game under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and are now 15-1 in such circumstances. Florida also lost for just the second time under Muschamp when leading at the half and are now 18-2 in that situation. UF is 18-5 when holding opponents to 21 points or less, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards and 14-4 when scoring first in a game.
» Florida has registered 105 interceptions since 2008, second-most nationally. UF is also first in interceptions returned for touchdowns (17) and interception return yards (1,860).
» The Gators have forced the most turnovers among SEC teams this century (363).
» Florida had forced at least one turnover in 19-straight games before failing to do so in consecutive weeks against Vanderbilt and South Carolina.
» Despite struggling for the last five weeks, the Gators are still ranked in the top 10 nationally in total defense (288.6), pass defense (173.5), pass efficiency defense (100.9) and third down defense (.312).
Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!
LAST TIME OUT
Florida and Georgia Southern have only squared off twice (1986, 1996) with the Gators allowing the Eagles to score exactly 14 points in each of those games.
In the last meeting, UF outscored GSU in every quarter, leading 14-7 after the first, 35-7 at the half and 56-14 through three before adding a touchdown in the fourth to win 63-14. Florida posted 658 yards of total offense in the contest, which was played during the second week of the season.
The Gators went on to win the program’s first-ever national title.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES*
» Suspended (1): Freshman wide receiver Demarcus Robinson
» Injured (15): Sophomore defensive end Jonathan Bullard (undisclosed), redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder), junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle), sophomore offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL), sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison (knee – season), redshirt sophomore OT Tyler Moore (elbow – season), sophomore running back Matt Jones (knee – season), junior QB Jeff Driskel (leg – season), senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley (ACL – season), redshirt senior WR Andre Debose (ACL – season), redshirt junior OT Chaz Green (labrum – season), redshirt senior LB Jeremi Powell (ACL – season), freshman CB 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 1:00 p.m.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Gators are looking to snap a five-game losing streak – the program’s longest since Florida went winless in 1979 – and avoid a catastrophic loss to an FCS opponent. UF achieving bowl eligibility is a long shot with a game against Florida State on the horizon, but beating GSU would at least make it a possibility and allow Florida to attempt to avoid a losing season for the first time in 34 years.
FCS opponents always enter these games with nothing to lose. For the Eagles, which are set to enter the FBS as a member of the Sun Belt Conference next season, beating the Gators would be an enormous way to kick off the program’s next step.