The Florida Gators have lost five in a row and need a major rebound performance before a date with the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles to close the season.
Georgia Southern makes the trip to Gainesville Saturday with a 6-4 record. The Eagles won their last game in the Southern Conference a week ago over Elon before they make the jump to the Sun Belt Conference next year.
Florida enters the favorable contest at 4-6 after a 19-14 loss to then-ranked No. 10 South Carolina a week ago.
Here is everything fans need to know about the matchup.
When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 43
- Spread: Florida (-27.5)
Eagles Injury Report
Injury info unavailable.
Gators Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Andre Debose||WR||08/07/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Jeff Driskel||QB||09/30/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||broken fibula|
|Dominique Easley||DT||09/25/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||right knee|
|Chaz Green||T||08/26/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||shoulder surgery|
|D.J. Humphries||T||10/30/2013||is expected to miss 2-4 weeks||Out||knee|
|Matt Jones||RB||10/14/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee/leg|
|Tyler Moore||T||11/06/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||elbow|
|Antonio Morrison||LB||11/11/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Tyler Murphy||QB||11/18/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Georgia Southern||Questionable||shoulder|
|Jeremi Powell||LB||10/20/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Marcus Roberson||CB||11/18/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Georgia Southern||Questionable||ankle|
|Matt Rolin||LB||08/17/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Jordan Sherit||DE||09/30/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||knee|
|Colin Thompson||TE||11/18/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Georgia Southern||Questionable||foot|
|Nick Washington||DB||09/09/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||shoulder|
Can Florida Rebound?
A game of this caliber could not have come at a better time for the Gators.
Florida is reeling. Starting quarterback Tyler Murphy is questionable for the contest against the Eagles, which means redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg may be forced into action once more.
The third quarterback on the depth chart coming into the season, Mornhinweg was thrown to the wolves—err, Gamecocks—last week and did well for himself on 10-of-13 passing for 107 yards and an interception.
Gator hunting... pic.twitter.com/R2G9fDCFwg— GeorgiaSouthern (@GeorgiaSouthern) November 19, 2013
Much more will be expected of Mornhinweg against inferior competition.
Over the course of Florida's losing streak, the offense has failed to post more than 20 points. Conversely, the defense has surrendered that or more in three of five despite a favorable No. 14 overall rank in scoring defense.
Saturday is a chance to break several negative trends and save the season.
The outcome of this game is all but determined.
Will Florida cover the spread?
The Eagles are in the midst of a great season, but they have played just two games against opposition outside of the Southern Conference—Savannah State of the MEAC and St. Francis of the NEC.
Georgia Southern is getting paid a cool $550,000 to make the trip to Gainesville and take a beating per ESPN's Michael DiRocco.
The talent disparity is simply too much. Florida needs to do two things in this matchup—stay healthy and get things back on track.
Jameis Winston and the Seminoles await.
Final Score: Gators 36, Eagles 6