Friday, December 15, 2017
Colleges

College football preview: Florida vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Jacksonville, Ch. 10, 620-AM

Florida vs. Georgia, 3:30, Ch. 10, 620-AM

Injuries have resulted in mediocre records for the unranked Gators (4-3, 3-2 SEC) and Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2). Since 1990 Florida is 18-5 in this series, but Georgia is going for its third consecutive win. Florida coach Will Muschamp is 0-6 in this series (0-2 as coach, 0-4 as a safety at Georgia from 1991-94). Both teams are coming off a bye week, which if history is any indication favors Florida. The Gators are 15-5 when facing the Bulldogs following a bye, Georgia is 4-3 coming off a bye week. Despite giving up 500 yards in its last outing, the Gators defense remains No. 1 in the SEC, but the struggling run defense could be tested with the return of Georgia TB Todd Gurley from an ankle injury. Tampa native and Georgia QB Aaron Murray needs two touchdown passes to tie the SEC career record held by former Gator Danny Wuerffel (114). The Bulldogs have not defeated Florida three consecutive seasons since 1987-89.

Watch out for … Florida QB Tyler Murphy (shoulder) returned to practice Monday after going nearly two weeks without throwing. It unclear what effect that will have on his game. The Gators used the open date working to simplify the offense, but an injury to D.J. Humphries means the maligned offensive line will be in flux again. Florida has the SEC's second-worst total offense. Gators freshman RB Kelvin Taylor, averaging 6.1 yards per carry, will make his first start.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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