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The annual game in Jacksonville between bitter rivals resumes this weekend in Jacksonville between Georgia and Florida. The bitterness runs so deep that the two schools cannot agree on when the first meeting took place. Georgia claims it was 1904, while Florida disputes this and says 1915. Either way, neither can argue that Florida has dominated this series since 1990 when Steve Spurrier returned to his alma mater, Florida, after leading Duke to an ACC Championship. Since Spurrier’s first year in 1990, Florida has won 21 times and only lost 6 to Georgia.
Though, there seems to be a difference in outlook on this year’s matchup from Georgia fans. Many feel confident given the team’s 7-0 start this year as well as Florida’s recent struggles, losing two straight at home. For Georgia fans high hopes to turn into reality, first Georgia must eliminate any big passing plays from Gators Quarterback Felipe Franks. I believe the main way Florida stays in this game is his ability to make long throws on the Dawgs secondary, which has struggled in recent games (two 63 yards touchdown passes from Drew Lock to Emanuel Hall). The second key is for Georgia to not allow Florida’s special teams to make a big play. Remember in the 2014 game, Georgia came in a heavy favorite as well, while Florida was limping into Jacksonville. Though, Florida converted a 4th down fake FG for a touchdown to tie the game at 7, right after Georgia had recovered a fumble and failed to score to get up on Florida 14-0 and make them climb their way back. So even though Antonio Callaway will not be a dangerous option as the Gators punt returned like the past, Florida still has the athletes to score on any play. Finally, Jake Fromm needs to continue to stretch the field vertically. Florida will most likely load the box to stop Chubb and Company to make a freshman Quarterback beat them, so look for Jim Chaney to continue the out routes to Terry Godwin on third downs like many times previously this year.
Given all this information, as well as the off the field issues in Gainesville with nine Gator players involved in credit card fraud and Jim McElwain claiming death threats, all the momentum is tilting Georgia’s way. Plus, Georgia has the better players overall, resulting in the Vegas line being 14 ½ points. I see the score being 27-17 Georgia, as they pull away in the 4th quarter.
God Bless & Go Dawgs! Tyler Agee