Florida vs. Georgia: 5 Halftime Adjustments for the Bulldogs to Win

Aron GlatzerAnalyst IOctober 29, 2011

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators (4-3) and the No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs (5-2) are duking it out in their yearly SEC rivalry.

Georgia was thought to have the quarterback advantage with Aaron Murray, but it has been the return of Florida QB John Brantley, after missing four weeks with a high-ankle sprain, that has been the difference-maker in the first half of play.

For the Bulldogs to take back momentum and pull out the win, they'll need to make these adjustments at the half.


5. Shore things up in the defensive backfield

Brantley is averaging nearly 15 yards per completion because he's been able to get vertical downfield. The Bulldogs need to do a better job of taking away these opportunities and forcing Brantley to check down for shorter openings. 

4. Test Brantley's ankle

After missing four weeks of play, Brantley won't be able to completely trust his ankle as being 100-percent back. The Bulldogs need to create more pressure and pull some stunts to get some contact; they need to force Brantley to think and to make him uncomfortable.  

3. Get Isiah Crowell more touches

The electrifying freshman back is averaging over five yards per carry. He'll help open up the passing game by taking more attention from the Gators defense.


2. Get Aaron Murray on track

While Brantley is on track for a 400-yard passing game, Murray's start to the game has been forgettable. He's hovered around five yards per completion and didn't eclipse 50 passing yards till midway through the second quarter. The offensive line will need to give him more time to get the ball downfield.

The touchdown on 4th-and-5 near the half needs to serve as a big confidence boost in the second half.


1. Reward the hard work from the defensive line

To hold the Gators to negative rushing yards and still trail is a tough pill to swallow for the defense. The rest of the unit needs to take a cue and follow suit.