SEC Preview: Georgia and Florida Clash in Jacksonville
Last season when Florida and Georgia faced off against each other in Jacksonville, it was a top 10 match-up. When these two teams meet on Saturday, neither team will be ranked.
This has been an up-and-down season for both Florida and Georgia, who come into this game at 4-3 with each losing its last two games.
Both teams have become victims of the injury bug. Florida has been without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel since September 21st when he broke his leg against Tennessee. The Gators have also been without starting running back Matt Jones, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the LSU game on October 12th.
After beating LSU on September 28th, Georgia's season took a turn for the worst. The Bulldogs have gone 1-2 since that game and have had key players Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley and Michael Bennett injured.
The good news for Georgia is that starting running back Gurley is likely to play in this game after not playing a down since that LSU game. On just 71 attempts this season, Gurley has rushed for 450 yards and four touchdowns. Georgia has really struggled since Gurley went down and will be counted on to get this offense back on track.
The biggest match-up in this game will be the high powered offense of Georgia versus the shutdown defense of Florida. Behind quarterback Aaron Murray, the Bulldogs are ranked 2nd in the SEC in passing yards per game with 282 yards. Despite the team's rough October, Murray has continued to show that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, throwing for 1938 yards with 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Murray and the offense will have a tough task at hand as it will face a Florida defense that is ranked 2nd in the country in pass defense and 4th in the country in yards allowed per game. Florida is also holding opponents to just 16.3 ppg. This is a stout defense that keeps the team in every game.
Georgia won last year's meeting 17-9 and you should expect this game to be similar with strong play defensively and points coming at premium. Like last year's game, the key to winning is to avoid turning the ball over
This game will be on CBS at 3:30 ET.