Florida and Georgia. Two rivals who make a yearly trek to Jacksonville to play in one of the most popular rivalry games in the country. Georgia comes in with all the momentum and look like a College Football Playoff contender, while Florida is looking to move back above .500.
After a 3-1 start to the season, the Gators have hit a rough patch, dropping each of their last two games, in close losses to LSU and Texas A&M by three points combined.
The Gators had a bye week in between A&M and this week’s game, and it could not have come at a better time.
Apart from allowing the team to work out some kinks, the Gators are getting healthier. Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney are both probable to play according to head coach Jim McElwain.
Their return would be a huge boost to quarterback and Feleipe Franks and a struggling offense that ranks 100th in the country in passing offense and 102nd in total offense.
Fortunately for Florida, they’ve been able to get the run game going the last five weeks, and that’s the same formula they’ve used to knock of Georgia each of the past three seasons. In their last three meetings, the Gators have averaged 29.7 points and 258.7 yards on the ground, as the Gators have found success running over the Bulldogs.
If they look to use the same formula, they’ve shown they can pound the rock this season. Florida’s averaging 168.8 on the ground thanks to improved offensive line play and the strong play of Malik Davis and Lamical Perine. Davis is putting together a strong freshman campaign. He already has 506 yards, while Perine has had the nose for the endzone with six rush touchdowns on the season.
The Georgia Bulldogs come into the meeting ranked 3rd in the country and with a 7-0 record, making them one of the last eight unbeaten teams in the country.
Kickoff is at 3:30 tomorrow, with coverage on CBS and ESPN 98.1 FM/ 850 AM WRUF.