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No. 1 Georgia has sights set on rival Florida
Georgia Bulldogs at Florida Gators
- This is the 100th meeting between the two schools (according to Georgia). Georgia leads the all-time series 53-44-2 (Florida does not count the 1904 meeting). The Bulldogs have won six of the last 10 meetings with the Gators winning 18 of the previous 21 before that.
- This is the 11th time in school history that Georgia has started 7-0 and the second under Kirby Smart (2017). The last five times Georgia has started 7-0, the Bulldogs have won the SEC.
- Zamir White is sixth in the SEC with seven rushing touchdowns (he had zero in his first two games). He has 21 career rushing touchdowns which is the second most under Kirby Smart (behind Nick Chubb's 23 -- Sony Michel had more, but just 20 under Smart).
- The Gators have alternated wins and losses over the last six games (W-L-W-L-W-L). They are 4-0 in games decided by double-digits and 0-3 in games decided by fewer than 10 points. They were also 0-3 last season in games decided by single digits.
- Emory Jones has thrown a TD pass in six of seven games this season, but has also thrown an interception in six of seven games. He did catch a pass against LSU to become the first Gator QB to have a reception since Kyle Trask in 2019 versus Auburn.
- Kelly's deal with LSU for 10 years, $95M
- UK gives Stoops extension through 2028
- Va Tech hires Penn State DC Pry as coach
- Pitt QB Pickett headlines all-ACC team
- Hutchinson, Tucker earn Big Ten honors
No. 1 Georgia will look to solidify the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings and take a step toward a spot in the Southeastern Conference title game with a victory over Florida on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 SEC) opened as a two-touchdown favorite over the Gators (4-3, 2-3). However, Florida ended Georgia's three-game winning streak in the series with a 44-28 victory in November 2020 that ultimately ended the Bulldogs' string of three straight SEC East division titles.
Even though both teams were idle last week, Georgia and Florida enter their annual showdown heading in opposite directions. The Bulldogs have been dominant, outscoring their seven opponents -- including four who were ranked -- 269-46, culminating with their 30-13 win over then-No. 11 Kentucky on Oct. 16.
The play of Georgia's defense has emerged as one of the biggest storylines of the season nationally.
The Bulldogs have given up a national-best 6.6 points per game, nearly eight points fewer than Michigan, which ranks second at 14.3 points per game. Georgia also ranks first nationally in total defense (208.3 ypg) and first downs allowed (84), in addition to ranking second in rushing defense (63.4 ypg) and passing defense (144.9 ypg).
Meantime, Florida is coming off a 49-42 loss against LSU on Oct. 16. The Tigers rushed for 321 yards on 45 attempts, an average of more than seven yards a carry. LSU amassed 454 yards of total offense against the Gators, who lost for the third time in their past five games since opening 2-0.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Florida coach Dan Mullen haven't announced who will start at quarterback for their respective teams.
Georgia's Stetson Bennett has been terrific filling in for JT Daniels, who has been sidelined with a strained oblique. Bennett has started the past three games and has played in the past six. He's gone 57-of-82 passing for 996 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He's also had 19 carries for 148 yards.
"It all depends on where JT is, and where Stetson is, and what gives us the best chance to win," Smart said Monday. "I don't feel we have a chemistry issue with either quarterback. I don't think our offensive players pay attention to who is back there."
Zamir White (83 carries, 400 yards, 7 TDs) and James Cook (47 carries, 296 yards, 2 TDs) will power the ground game, regardless of who is under center.
True freshman tight end Brock Bowers - who leads the Bulldogs in receptions (25), yards (416) and receiving touchdowns (6) -- and redshirt freshman receiver Ladd McConkey, who has 17 catches for 295 yards and two scores, have emerged as the team's top receivers.
The Gators' question at quarterback stems from their season-opening starter, junior Emory Jones, being inconsistent. Jones started in the 49-42 loss to LSU, but he was pulled in favor of freshman Anthony Richardson, who led the Gators into the end zone on four straight possessions in the second half. However, they both threw two interceptions.
Jones has gone 119-for-176 for 1,305 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's also rushed for a team-high 494 yards to go along with two touchdowns.
Richardson has gone 21-for-37 passing for 392 yards with five scores and three interceptions. He's the team's second-leading rusher, having run for 348 yards on just 28 carries -- an average of more than a dozen yards per attempt -- to go along with three touchdowns.
"I'm never going to get into the strategy of what we're going to do in the games," Mullen said. "I haven't set the script yet from what we'll call from the first play of the game. I imagine as long as everyone is healthy, we'll play both quarterbacks during the course of the game."
Jacob Copeland (23 catches, 423 yards, 4 TDs) and Justin Shorter (19 catches, 229 yards, 2 TDs) have emerged as the Gators' top receivers.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 25, 2021