The Georgia Bulldogs make the short trip to TIAA Field in Jacksonville as they kick off against the Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon. The #1 ranked Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 SEC) defeated Kentucky 30-13 at home before going on their bye week last Saturday. The Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC) also had their bye last weekend but were upset 49-42 against LSU two weeks ago as big road favorites. The Bulldogs open this game up as 13.5 point road favorites.
Undefeated Bulldogs RollingWith Georgia playing its first game as the nation's No. 1-ranked team since 2008, Stetson Bennett tossed three touchdown passes and the Bulldogs got another stifling defensive effort in a 30-13 victory over #12 ranked Kentucky two weeks ago before having last week off. Bennett, starting his third straight game in place of injured JT Daniels, hooked up with freshman tight end Brock Bowers on a pair of scores. The senior quarterback was 14 of 20 for 250 yards in another solid performance with Daniels watching from the sideline for the Bulldogs.
Georgia's defense allowed two touchdowns in a game for the first time all season. Being able to count on Bennett allowed the Bulldogs to give Daniels two more weeks of rest before this game against Florida, which should give him plenty of time to be fully recovered from a lat muscle injury. He expects to be out there on Saturday, but the Bulldog offense doesn’t seem to lose a beat with Bennett behind center.
Gators Struggle Defensively vs LSUAnthony Richardson and Emory Jones combined to throw four interceptions as the Gators lost to Louisiana State 49-42 in a thriller two weeks ago. Emory Jones threw two interceptions, including one returned by Dwight McGlothern 37 yards for a touchdown on the Gators' first series of the second half. Earlier, Jones' deflected pass was intercepted by linebacker Micah Baskerville and returned 54 yards to the Florida 28, setting up Johnson's first scoring pass to Jenkins.
Florida appeared to be regaining momentum on the final play of the first half when Jones heaved a Hail Mary pass from 42 yards out that was caught by Justin Shorter between three Tigers defensive backs to cut LSU's lead to 21-13. It wasn’t enough as the 12.5 point favorite Gators were defeated on the road. Their turnovers and surprising inability to defend LSU's running game not only led to their third loss but also knocked them out of the AP Top 25. They will need a much better effort from their quarterbacks against an elite Georgia team this weekend.
- Gators are 2-5 in their last seven games facing SEC teams
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- Bulldogs are 10-0 in their last 10 games
- Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games