Georgia vs. Florida Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Georgia vs. Florida fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia (7-0) vs. Florida (3-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
You’ll have to forgive Georgia fans if they’re a little bit nervous.
They’ve got it.
They’ve got the team that’s good enough to get to the SEC Championship at 12-0, and they’ve got the team that’s strong enough to battle with Alabama and potentially get to the College Football Playoff, no matter what happens against the Crimson Tide.
But they’ve also got Florida to deal with.
The Gators have a whole slew of problems. They can’t score, the defense is okay-not-amazing, and with just an 11-game schedule, they’re in danger of not going bowling if they don’t get really hot, really fast.
If they lose three of their final five games – they still have to go to Missouri and South Carolina, and they host Florida State – they’re staying home.
Or, Florida can go all Florida under Jim McElwain, shock Georgia, beat Mizzou and South Carolina, hope for the Dawgs to lose again, and then win a third straight SEC East title on the way to getting obliterated by Bama again.
Last year’s team got by Georgia 24-10, but the 2015 game was the real crusher, taking down a strong Dawg team 27-3. Winners of three straight, they busted through a decent UGA winning streak on the way to taking back the East. But those Florida teams weren’t a threat to win the national title like this Georgia team is.
If Georgia really is ready to take that next step, it’s time to not only win the Cocktail Party – got to keep that name alive – but to do it with ease.
Okay, Kirby Smart era. Let’s see if you’re ready to take it to another level.
One Reason Why Florida Will Win
Okay … the Florida defense is actually amazing, not just okay.
It might have been hit by LSU for 214 rushing yards, but it’s allowed under four yards per carry on the season with just four touchdown runs.
The defensive front has been a wee bit more consistent at getting into the backfield than it was last season, even though the pass rush has been mostly absent for long stretches after doing a nice job in the opener against Michigan.
On the other side, as great as the Georgia defense might be, the pass rush isn’t there like you’d think it might be. The Dawgs aren’t taking a whole slew of risks, but they’re also not getting to the quarterback with just three sacks so far in four SEC games – and all coming against Tennessee.
Fortunately for UGA, the secondary and the rest of the defense hasn’t needed a dominant pass rush, but the limited Florida O can be thrown off by a puff of wind. After giving up five sacks in the loss to Texas A&M, the Gator offensive line might get a wee bit of a break.
QB Feleipe Franks needs as much time as he can get.
One Reason Why Georgia Will Win
It might be just this simple. Georgia can convert on third down chances, and Florida can’t.
It’s not that hard. When you have backs like Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, third down opportunities are a whole lot easier. Jake Fromm isn’t playing like a true freshman quarterback for an offense that’s moving the chains at a 51% clip.
Florida’s offense isn’t doing that.
The Georgia defense hasn’t exactly been a brick wall on third downs lately, but it catches a break against a Florida offense that can’t seem to keep things moving on a consistent basis, especially over the last few games.
All the problems – suspensions and injuries – in the receiving corps have taken their toll, and Franks hasn’t been able to elevate the attack. He’s thrown just one touchdown pass with two picks over the last three games, but he’ll have to take a few more chances this week.
The nation’s No. 3 defense will take its chances with that.
What’s Going To Happen
Weird things happen in this game, and it often times doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to for the team that really needs/should win it, but does Florida have a rabbit it can pull out of its hat?
Is there anything different the Gators can show after struggling and sputtering so much so far?
Remember, as close as Florida came to beating LSU and Texas A&M, it’s also a miracle play against Tennessee and break against Kentucky away from coming into this 1-5.
A great team can rise above the emotion and the rivalry to get the job done just like it was any other game, and move on.
After the game settles down in the second quarter, the Bulldogs will show why they really and truly are in the national championship chase.
Georgia vs. Florida Prediction
Georgia 31, Florida 10
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