The No. 3 Florida Gators can lockdown the Southeastern Conference East division with a win over the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville.
It would be the Gators first SEC regular season title since 2008, and Florida is fresh off their 44-11 win over South Carolina last week. The Gators offense changed things up from their typical run-first strategy, with quarterback Jeff Driskel throwing four touchdowns and the running game managing just 89 rushing yards.
Driskel went 11-for-16 for 93 passing yards, and running back Mike Gillislee only gained 37 yards on the ground.
Florida’s defense continued to shine by creating four turnovers, including three fumble recoveries, and forced the Gamecocks to punt on their first four possessions of the second half.
No. 12 Georgia may have fallen out of the national championship discussion, but the Bulldogs can still play for the SEC East crown and would certainly enjoy thwarting Florida’s championship aspirations.
Georgia rebounded from their only loss of the season against South Carolina, with a 29-24 victory over Kentucky last week, with quarterback Andy Murray setting a new school record for career touchdown passes in the process.
Murray finished 30-for-38 for 427 yards and four touchdowns, making up for a Bulldogs rush that only picked up 77 yards on the ground, which was largely negated by the team’s eight penalties for a 70 yard loss.
Receivers Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell benefitted the most from their quarterback’s big day. King had two touchdowns to go along with his nine receptions for 188 yards, and Mitchell also had nine catches for 103 yards.
While Florida has won 18 of the last 22 meetings between these rivals, Georgia won last year’s battle and aim to win back-to-back games for the first time since 1989.
Prediction: This is Florida’s toughest matchup until their final game against Florida State, and the Gators know how important this win is for the SEC and for the BCS title hopes. Georgia will come out strong in the first half, but Driskel showed he is a capable passer and should lead Florida to the win.
Betting Odds: Florida is favored by 7 points
Over/Under: 46 points
Predicted Score: Florida 24, Georgia 21
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