GAINESVILLE — Will Muschamp has been on both sidelines of the Florida-Georgia rivalry. He has experienced only one side of it, though: the losing end.
Florida's coach went 0-4 as a player at Georgia from 1991-94. He is 0-2 with the Gators, who face the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Muschamp made it clear this week that being winless in the series these days carries far more weight than going 0-for-ever two decades ago.
"None of it is fun, but certainly being here at the University of Florida and understanding the importance of this game to us and our people, we need to get a win," he said.
Muschamp could use a victory to stave off growing criticism. Though athletic director Jeremy Foley said recently Muschamp is not going anywhere, questions have increased as to how long Muschamp will get to turn things around.
The Gators have three losses by November for the second time in three years, with injuries playing a significant role.
"Anybody with a shred of intelligence can see the situation," Muschamp said.
Florida hasn't dropped three in a row in the series since 1989.
"I hate to give you the boring answer, but I don't approach this one any different than the other ones," Muschamp said. "It's a critical game for us, obviously being a great rivalry game. It's one of the best college football games year-in, year-out to be a part of."
FSU: Threat at WR
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's starting wide receiver trio has created headaches for opponents all season.
Kelvin Benjamin (6 feet 5, 234 pounds) presents a mismatch because of his speed and size, and Kenny Shaw runs smooth patterns and makes catches across the middle. But junior Rashad Greene takes the passing game to another level.
"When you put the ball in this man's hands, he is more likely to make somebody miss and take it to the house at any time," freshman QB Jameis Winston said. "He is a highlight reel; you give him the ball, he might take it to the house. Rashad's role (in the offense) is key to our success."
Winston, who guides a passing attack that ranks 11th nationally averaging 341.1 yards per game, has leaned heavily on Greene. In seven games, Greene has 690 yards on 39 receptions and eight touchdowns.
Winston is 38-of-55 (69 percent) for eight touchdowns and no interceptions when passing to Greene.
INJURY REPORT: Freshman WR Isaiah Jones will have surgery for a stress fracture in a foot, causing him to miss at least several weeks. Jones has played in five games.
UCF: LB's season over
ORLANDO — Knights freshman LB Chequan Burkett had a shoulder operation and is done for the season.
Burkett has not played since a loss to South Carolina on Sept. 28. He started one game in four appearances this season. He had seven tackles with one tackle for loss.
Burkett will be redshirted, coach George O'Leary said. "Just got to keep moving people around," he said.
UCF has rotated a number of players at linebacker because of injuries.