GAINESVILLE — A week after Florida's defense was tasked with shutting down star South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, things don't get easier for it.
The Gators will try to contain Georgia's trio of sophomore Ken Malcome and freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
Gurley has 93 carries for 622 yards and leads the team in both categories. All three backs average more than 5 yards per carry.
"They run physical," DT Omar Hunter said. "They're fast, fast guys. They get out in the open field, they can make things happen."
Stopping Jones: Georgia LB Jarvis Jones had four sacks in the Bulldogs' victory over Florida last year and is expected to play after missing a game with an ankle sprain.
"We've made leaps and bounds since last season," LG James Wilson said of the Gators' line.
FSU: Wary of receiver
TALLAHASSEE — FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is impressed with Duke WR Conner Vernon, who enters Saturday's game 93 yards shy of tying the ACC's career receiving yards mark of 3,517, set by FSU's Peter Warrick in 1999.
"He's much quicker and faster than people think. He's such a technician," Fisher said. "When he sticks that foot in the ground, and the angles and leverage he plays with and how he dips his shoulder and rips his shoulder, and he's got tremendous hands."
USF: Line battle
TAMPA — Sophomore Darrell Williams has a chance to return to the Bulls' starting lineup against Syracuse after working with the first team at left tackle, ahead of senior Damien Edwards.
"He's graded better than Edwards, (but) I don't think either one is playing at the level we need them to play at to be the type of team we want to be," coach Skip Holtz said. "You go back and look at some of the sacks and the pressures, the left tackle position has been involved. We let them compete every week. It's close going back and forth."
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UCF: Run-ready line
ORLANDO — After rushing for a season-high 229 yards in a win over Memphis, UCF faces Marshall, 10th in Conference USA in rushing defense, allowing an average 227 a game. Backs Latavius Murray, Storm Johnson and former Largo High star Brynn Harvey have benefited from an offensive line that has remained healthy and continues to improve.
"If they see us hustling downfield, that's going to give them that extra burst to fight for those extra yards," reserve OL Phil Smith said.