For the first time since 1979, neither is ranked entering the game. But don't tell the Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC) or Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3) the game isn't important. The national spotlight isn't here, but the SEC East title is still up for grabs. Florida will try to end a three-game losing streak. Georgia will try to extend the momentum it's riding thanks to a three-game winning streak that came after a four-game losing streak. The Bulldogs have lost four of the past five to the Gators.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
WHAT TO WATCH FOR …
Florida is No. 2 in the SEC in pass defense and will be put to the test against Georgia quarterback (and former Plant High standout) Aaron Murray (No. 2 freshman in the nation in pass efficiency) and junior A.J. Green, whose 2,137 receiving yards are fifth in school history and 18 touchdown catches fourth. Another major concern for Florida is Washaun Ealey, who set a school record with five rushing touchdowns last week against Kentucky. The Gators are seventh in the league in rush defense at 131.3 yards per game. After a week off, Florida has several key players back from injury, including RB Jeff Demps. The Gators also hope to get a boost with the return of WR/RB Chris Rainey. But considering the way Florida's offense has struggled, it doesn't want to get into a shootout with the Bulldogs. In Georgia's four wins, it has averaged 45.8 points. Florida has scored more than 40 points once this season. A bright spot for Florida? The Gators are 14-4 against Georgia when coming off a bye.
Florida vs. Georgia (at Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m., Ch. 10, 620-AM