Florida-Georgia: Nine Numbers That Add Up to Party Time for the Gators

Trey JonesCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brandon James #25 of the Florida Gators speaks to his teamates prior to the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Florida’s Urban Meyer may be plotting, and Georgia’s Mark Richt may be hopping, but most of us are dusting off our plastic party sets as we prepare for the event formerly known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”

The Gators will be sipping on Swamp wine and enjoying Bulldog hors d'oeuvres should these numbers add up like ice cubes in a well-stocked cooler...


The fraction of total yardage Georgia has gained in the air this season.

Since the Bulldogs have rushed for less than 800 yards this season, it seems better to simply throw early—and often!

Gator defensive coordinator Charlie Strong loves it when teams try to throw the ball against his squad. Usually, when they do, it results in a stalled drive or an interception, and a very short break for the opposition's defense to rest.

Minus 32

Georgia’s third quarter scoring margin.

Statistically, Georgia loses games in the third quarter by being outscored 35 to 67. 

On the flip side, the Gators have outscored opponents 53-9 and controlled the clock for more than half the period.

Georgia may be able to hang with Florida for a half, but the first 10 minutes of the third quarter will seal the deal for the Gators.



Confession by Urban Meyer.

After the hair-pulling game against Mississippi State, Meyer took full responsibility for the woes plaguing his offense and Heisman candidate quarterback Tim Tebow.

Realizing that a square peg no longer fits into a round spread hole, Meyer all but promised to make a few significant changes to his offensive game plans.

These changes will return an element of unpredictability to the Gator offense and also turn loose key skill players that have been cooling their heels in anticipation of such a move.

43 Percent

The contribution Bulldog wideout A.J. Green has made to Georgia’s reception yardage totals.

Of the 1,587 yards Georgia has earned in the air, Green has hauled in 682 of them. 

The Gator D knows who the Bulldog playmakers are, and stats like this one serve to paint a huge target on Green’s jersey. In SEC play, Strong’s unit has done a very credible job of containing top offensive threats.


The difference in the average gross distance between Georgia’s punts and those of Florida’s opponents.

Gator punt return specialist Brandon James has been hamstrung since Florida’s opposition has learned to counter his speed by kicking the ball five to eight yards short to allow for better field coverage.

The impact on James’s performance has been significant: Shorter punts with longer hang times leave him few options beyond calling a fair catch or diving for a few yards.

If Georgia wants to blast away with the nation’s best punt average, then let them! James is looking for the seven- or eight-yard window that comes with a boomer...this may be his best special teams performance to date!


The half yard that separates the carry average between Georgia’s top and Florida’s fourth best rusher.

Using a 30-carry minimum, Georgia’s best rusher, Richard Samuel, averages 4.4 yards per carry. 

Florida’s fourth best rusher, Tebow, averages 3.9 yards per carry—chilling to learn since Jeffrey Demps’ average is 7.9, Chris Rainey’s average is 6.9, and Emmanuel Moody’s average is 8.4.

A Few Dog Bones and Gator Tails...


Wins in a row by Florida needed to finally get the Gators above the .500 mark for this series. 

The Gator Nation was under the impression that reaching this milestone was a priority for former head coach Steve Spurrier before considering a new employer. He left, but Gator dominance has not.... Here’s hoping the game in 2015 finally gets the Dawg off the Gator's back.

About 7,000

The seating difference between the Georgia Dome (approx. 75,000 seats) and Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (approx. 82,000 seats).

Georgia has tried for years to get this game moved out of “Jax” and into Atlanta. Why? They claim they don’t want to fly the 300 or so miles south to a neutral field. Right...

University of Florida and Jacksonville Municipal Stadium officials nipped this complaint in the bud when they simply proved that the larger seating capacity of JMS provided greater revenue opportunities.

In the SEC, money still rules!


The effect changing the name of this game has had on alcohol consumption issues.

The only thing positive about not calling this game "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” are the smirks made by the talking heads when attempting to call this match the “Florida-Georgia/Georgia-Florida game.”



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