“The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” will also feature a fantastic football game this season.
Florida has flourished during a brutal stretch of games against SEC opponents, and the schedule does not get any easier this Saturday, as the Gators travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs currently sits at No. 10 in this week’s BCS Standings. They were able to bounce back from a blowout loss to South Carolina two weeks ago with a win on the road against Kentucky.
But Georgia will need to play extremely well against No. 2 Florida, who upset LSU and demolished the Gamecocks in the past three weeks.
Here is everything you need to know about this SEC showdown:
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
When: Saturday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBS Sports
Betting Line: Florida -6.5 (according to Sports Book)
Florida Injury Report (via USA Today)
Damien Jacobs—junior defensive lineman is probable with an undisclosed injury.
Latroy Pittman—freshman wide receiver is questionable with an ankle injury.
Drew Ferris—junior long snapper is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone.
Matt Patchan—junior offensive lineman is out indefinitely with a strained pectoral muscle.
Michael McNeely—sophomore wide receiver is out for the season with a fractured foot.
Georgia Injury Report (via USA Today)
Dexter Morant—sophomore defensive end is questionable with an illness.
Dustin Royston—junior fullback is questionable with an illness.
Jarvis Jones—junior outside linebacker is questionable with an ankle injury.
Hunter Long—sophomore guard is questionable with a foot injury.
Sterling Bailey—freshman defensive end is out indefinitely with a thumb injury.
Brandon Burrows—sophomore linebacker is out indefinitely with a hand injury.
Michael Bennett—sophomore split end is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Brandon Harton—junior fullback is out until early November with a thumb injury.
Kolton Houston—sophomore offensive tackle is out indefinitely due to academic ineligibility.
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
This game has the potential to have a massive effect on the BCS Standings. If Florida is unable to win, both Kansas State and Georgia are ready to take over the second spot.
If the Gators are victorious, they will further entrench themselves in that spot, making it even more likely that they will take on Alabama in the National Championship game.
What They’re Saying
ESPN’s Edward Aschoff notes that despite the Gators’ offensive struggles, the team is in position to book a trip to the SEC Championship game.
Well, as unconventional as the Gators are on offense, they just know how to win games. All this team has needed is for its defense to come to play and it has been fine...so far. Mike Gillislee didn't even run all that well against South Carolina, but Florida forced turnover after turnover and eventually wore down the Gamecocks. Believe it or not, this team could win the SEC East on Saturday.
The Atlanta Constitution Journal’s Mark Bradley notes that Florida has been more impressive than Georgia this year, but brings up a recent historical example to show that the Bulldogs still have a chance.
Has Florida been impressive? Absolutely. Have the Gators had the better season? They have by far. But LSU had a better 2011 season than Alabama—heck, LSU even beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa—and that mattered not one whit when the two met again in the BCS title game.
Florida Player to Watch: Jeff Driskel, Quarterback
Florida’s offense has sputtered on many occasions this year, but its defense has been spectacular. The Gators will need a balanced effort on Saturday, and Jeff Driskel will have to ensure that his team moves the ball.
He had four passing touchdowns against South Carolina last week and three rushing scores against Vanderbilt in the game before that. If he can account for a few touchdowns in this game, the Gators have an excellent chance to win this game.
Georgia Player to Watch: Todd Gurley, Running Back
The Bulldogs offense faces a daunting task against the Gators defense, which has allowed the fourth fewest points per game of any team in the nation. Big plays will be necessary to spark the Georgia offense, and Todd Gurley is a home-run hitter.
The freshman is averaging 6.7 yards per carry and has nine rushing touchdowns this season. If he can find holes in the Florida defense, Georgia will remain competitive in this contest.
Key Matchup: Florida Defensive Line vs. Georgia Offensive Line
Georgia has a balanced offensive attack that is capable of putting up an impressive amount of points, but the Bulldogs’ success will start up front.
Florida’s defensive line is frighteningly talented and has the potential to dominate this game. If the Bulldogs blockers cannot contain the Gators’ pass rushers, Florida will win this game.
Key Storyline: Balance of Power in the SEC
Florida can cement its place in the SEC Championship game, and if they get a victory, a November 24 matchup with Florida State is its only difficult game remaining in the regular season.
Georgia has the ability to pull level in the SEC East and ensure that the Gators do not run away with the division. This game will likely decide who will challenge Alabama for conference supremacy.
Prediction: Florida 17, Georgia 14
This will be a close, hard-fought battle, but a Florida’s defense will cause a few turnovers, and that will make the difference.
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