Georgia-Florida Preview: 2008 Game May Be the Biggest One Yet
It's that time of year again! In Bulldog country, there are three main fall-winter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the World's Largest Outdo...wait, sorry—the Florida-Georgia game!
Lets just do as the players and coaches are APPARENTLY doing: Put the memories of last year's game aside.
Even negating the "Swamp Stomp," as I like to call it, this game still has huge implications!
In the 18 years I have been alive, and the roughly 12 years of Georgia football that I can recall, there has never been a time when both Florida and Georgia have been so equally hot!
Florida, in my opinion, looks like the best team in the country right now. By now, it's been proven impossible to stop the Florida offense. Georgia can only hope to slow it down.
The likes of Percy Harvin, Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, and Brandon James make it extremely difficult to contain this offense. Georgia will not be able to contain these guys in space, so the crucial objective for the Dawgs in this game will be to disrupt plays early, at the line of scrimmage.
That might be a tough task for a Georgia team who has struggled to pressure the quarterback this year. The Dawgs haven't blitzed much this season, but they might have to take the risk a handful of times Saturday to try to create some big plays on defense.
If Georgia tries to sit back against this team, like they did vs. LSU, they don't stand a chance.
However, Georgia's offense has been seriously overlooked by many as we head into this game.
Who leads the SEC in passing? Matthew Stafford. Who leads the SEC in rushing? Knowshon Moreno. Who leads the SEC in receiving? A.J. Green.
...and apparently Georgia "doesn't have the firepower to keep up." Yeah right!
Add in a maturing offensive line, much as they came together last year, and veteran target Mohamed Massaquoi, and Georgia has plenty of firepower.
SEC games are known for defense, but expect another shootout in Gainesville.
Whichever team has the fewest fundamental errors should win the game.
I don't think Florida is gonna run over the Dawgs, and I don't see Georgia winning in a blowout. But I am going to end on a biased note and pick Georgia to win 35-29
Keys to the game for Florida: Get their playmakers the ball in space, but at the same time, control the clock.
Keys to the game for Georgia: Don't try to trick anyone! Gimmicky screens and nifty bells and whistles may fool some people, but they won't fool Florida. Slam the rock up the middle and give Stafford the opportunity to make plays with Green and Mo Mass.
This game means the season for both teams. If Georgia wins, they will have the opportunity to head into Atlanta with an 11-1 record for a rematch with Alabama. If Georgia can handle business vs. the Tide, they may just sneak in a trip to Miami.
If Florida wins, with Vanderbilt and South Carolina left, they could easily throw enough dominating scores on the board to book a national championship appearance as well.
This might just be the biggest Florida-Georgia game ever!
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