Florida vs. Georgia: 4 Second-Half Adjustments for the Gators to Win

Aron GlatzerAnalyst IOctober 29, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 01:  John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators points during a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs (5-2) catch SEC rival Florida (4-3) returning starting quarterback John Brantley for the first time in four weeks as he returns from a high-ankle sprain.

Having a senior in Brantley back in the mix instead of true freshman Jeff Driskel is a welcome addition for the reeling Gators.

For the Gators to upset the ranked Bulldogs, here is what they'll need to focus on in the second half of play.

4. Don't abandon the run. Although the Gators have gained negative rushing yards, they need to keep at it to keep the Bulldogs honest from being able to pin their ears back in rushing Brantley. Also, with a lead, it will help work the clock to quicken the game.

3. Stay aggressive. The 4th-and-19 call to go deep up the middle paid dividends for the Gators, as Jordan Reed hauled in a 31-yard touchdown reception to make it a 7-0 ballgame.

2. Continue to operate vertically in the passing game. Brantley has averaged nearly 15 yards per completion in the first half by getting the ball downfield. Unless the Bulldogs make proper adjustments, it will be a long day for Georgia with Brantley on pace for a 400-yard passing game.

1. Make Georgia one-dimensional offensively. If the Gators can push the lead and quicken the game, the Bulldogs won't be able to run as much to conserve time. Isiah Crowell has been the top offensive weapon for Georgia, as he's used his speed to get outside consistently, and is on pace for a 100-yard performance.