By far the most important game for the Bulldogs in 2009 will come on Halloween day against the hated Gators. We all remember the 49-10 loss last year as Georgia fell apart on defense and the offense failed to get off the bus.
The Bulldogs defense should improve this year with many injured players back. Florida will be their biggest test of the secondary they will see as former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow returns for his senior season.
He has been extremely efficient for the Gators passing for 30 TD last season and adding another 12 on the ground. Tebow's biggest strength lies in his decision making as he threw only two interceptions through the entire regular season in '08.
The biggest weakness for him is when he is pressured and sacked. In the last three losses Florida has suffered in SEC play Tebow was taken down 11 times, most notably his six sacks in the 2007 game against UGA. The key for Georgia to slow down Tebow and the offense is to rattle him early.
On defense the Gators bring a very balanced attack being very good against both the pass and the run. The allowed only nine rushing touchdowns all season and 10 through the air. They also led the SEC in both points allowed per game and sacks, taking down opposing QBs 31 times.
Georgia's offensive line will have to stand strong by keeping Cox on his feet and allowing the young Bulldogs backfield to establish the running game. This is a game that will be won in the trenches both ways.
Another interesting note about this game is the advantage Georgia has coming in off of their bye week. Florida, on the other hand, will get a bye on October 3rd and will enter the UGA game coming off games at LSU, Arkansas, and at Mississippi State.