Georgia's biggest challenge may be stopping the run vs. Gators, and vice versa
As far as Georgia coach Mark Richt is concerned, the biggest key to Saturday's game vs. No. 3 Florida is stopping the run.
The Gators have the SEC's No. 3 rushing offense, while the Bulldogs are No. 10 in rushing defense - allowing 167.9 yards per game.
"That’s huge (stopping the run),'' Richt said. "That’s really, it might be the biggest story of the game besides who wins the turnover battle. Can we effectively slow down their run game to the point where we can get them into some 3rd-and-mediums and some 3rd-and-longs, and then at that point get off the field? I think if they can comfortably stick to their gameplan of pounding and grinding and taking the clock away and playing great specials (teams) and playing great defense, that’s hard to beat. Obviously no one’s been able to beat them yet. So we’ve got to find a way to try to slow that down."
Florida will have its own concerns with the duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Gurley leads the SEC in scoring (60 points) and the two are currently No. 4 on the Georgia all-time list of yards gained by a freshman running duo with 1,110 yards and 14 TD's.
"Both guys are really talented,'' Florida coach Will Muschamp said. Gurley and Marshall we recruited both guys and we’re very familiar with both of them. Both have top-end speed, obviously Todd’s a little heavier – 6-1, 218, and Keith’s 5-11 about 215, 210. But both are very talented guys. They do a nice job as far as the inside running game and getting the ball on the perimeter. They have been very dangerous in every game they’ve played, they’ve broke runs."