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Georgia vs. No. 5 Florida

Where: Florida Field, Gainesville.

When: 7 p.m.

TV: ESPN (also tape delay at 11:30 p.m. on SportsChannel).

Radio: WHNZ-AM 570, WBRD-AM 1420, WDCF-AM 1350.

Line: UF by 21.

A second chance: Now that the Gators have blown their shot at winning the national championship by remaining undefeated, they've suddenly become history buffs. Look at last year, they say. Florida State lost to Notre Dame, but still won the national championship. UF players are further encouraged by their spot in the rankings and the possibilities ahead of them. No. 2 Colorado and No. 3 Nebraska meet today, for instance. "When it came down to it last year, everybody had a loss except for Auburn, so we're still in there," said receiver Jack Jackson. "A lot of teams that are undefeated have to play one another, and they'll knock each other off."

Old memories: Georgia coach Ray Goff may have been to Florida Field before, but don't expect him to be navigating the bus today. Goff came to Florida Field as recruit in 1972 for the UF spring game and then again for a regular-season game against LSU. He returned one more time in the mid-'70s as a graduate assistant coach for the Georgia freshman team.

The numbers game: The Gators have a chance to win five in a row against the Bulldogs for the first time in the 71 years of the series. Hines Ward leads Georgia in rushing with 389 yards. At that pace he will finish with 528 yards, which would be the lowest mark for the leading rusher in more than a decade at Georgia.

_ JOHN ROMANO

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