No. 3 Florida vs. No. 12 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10, 620-AM
The two meet annually, but this year the border war has great significance for the Gators (7-0, 6-0 SEC) — win and the SEC East title is theirs. Georgia (6-1, 4-1) is looking to win consecutive games in the series for the first time since 1987-89. Since then, Florida has won 18 of the past 22 meetings. The man who will lead Georgia's effort to derail Florida is QB Aaron Murray, a Tampa native and Plant High alumnus. Florida brings the nation's No. 3 defense into the game to square off against the SEC's second-best total offense — led by Murray who is tied for third in passing in the league. Even though Florida RB Mike Gillislee didn't rush for a ton of yards last week, the Gators are still relying heavily on the run, which has been an issue for the Bulldogs who are allowing 167.9 yards per game (10th in the SEC). Murray's passing ability hurt the Gators last season, (two TDs), and although Florida's secondary is much improved, it can expect to be tested again this year. Georgia is fourth in the nation in yards per offensive play (7.17) and leads the SEC in touchdown efficiency in the red zone (21 of 27).
Watch out for …
The Jacksonville weather. With Hurricane Sandy on the move, forecasts call for winds that could be anywhere from 18-25 mph. That could have a significant affect on both teams, particularly in the kicking game.
Antonya English, Times staff writer