Georgia’s offense was crippled by the South Carolina Gamecocks during their October 6 loss to their SEC rival. This week, the No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) travel to Jacksonville to take on the second-ranked Florida Gators (7-0, 6-0) (BCS rankings).
Quarterback Aaron Murray is the key cog that makes the Bulldogs’ offense tick. If he’s given time, things could easily go poorly for the Gators. However, their fourth-ranked scoring defense has allowed just 12 points per game and is coming off of a huge emotional win over then seventh-ranked South Carolina.
In the first half of that huge win, the Gators had just 29 yards of total offense and still led the Gamecocks by a 21-6 margin at halftime. That’s a true testament to their defense's ability to make plays and directly dictate the outcomes of games.
Unlike Georgia, this Florida defense has an attitude about it that forces the opposition to make mistakes in both the offense and the special teams game.
If their defense posts another stifling game in Jacksonville today, it’s highly unlikely the mediocre Bulldogs defense will be able to contain the big-play potential of the Gators’ offense for four quarters.
Make no mistake about it; this game is going to be a battle. But much like their previous six SEC victories, the Gators are going to grind and fight it out until they eventually come out on top when the final whistle blows.
This game has huge implications for the Gators, while the Bulldogs have virtually played themselves out of SEC contention after the embarrassing loss to the Gamecocks.
Florida will also has the added motivation of a close and tough-fought loss to Georgia who bullied them around in Jacksonville in 2011.
Don’t forget about the weather factor. Hurricane Sandy’s effects will likely be felt as the storm continues up the East Coast.
If there are wind gusts and rain the Gators are definitely the favorites to come out on top because of their superior defense and running game.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a B/R Breaking News Team writer and covers the NFL, College Football and Cleveland Browns for the site. Follow him on Twitter for analysis and updates on the latest news and happenings in the sports world.