Well, Saturday will be the 2013 edition of the Georgia-Florida rivalry. The "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" is one of the best rivalries in college football. Both teams are entering the game unranked for the first time since 2010. Florida and Georgia both have their fair share of attrition, but the players have something to prove as the nation will be watching.
What: Georgia (4-3) vs. Florida (4-3)
Where: Everbank Field in Jacksonville, FL
When: 3:30 PM (EST)
Florida-WR/KR Solomon Patton
Florida-RB Mack Brown
Florida-CB Loucheiz Purifoy
Georgia-RB Todd Gurley
Georgia-QB Aaron Murray
Georgia-LB Amarlo Herrera
Saturday marks the 2013 Georgia-Florida game. Both teams have had dissapointing seasons to say the least. The Bulldogs and Gators hoped to contend for a BCS title. So much for that now. One of the reasons for the two team's struggles this season is injuries. The Gators have lost 9 players to season ending injuries including starting QB Jeff Driskel, RB Matt Jones, and DL Dominique Easley.
The Bulldogs have also suffered their fair share of injuries. Starting WR Malcom Mitchell, WR Justin Scott-Wesley, RB Keith Marshall are out for the season. RB Todd Gurley, who is arguably the best rusher in college football, has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the LSU game. Other Bulldogs hampered by attrition are WR Michael Bennett, FS Tray Matthews, and SS Josh-Harvey Clemons among others.
The two teams have other problems as well. Florida's offense is subpar to say the least. The Gator offensive attack ranks 109th in the nation in total offense averaging only 21.1 points a game. The defense, though, is stellar. It ranks in the top 10 of total defense in college football despite multiple injuries. It also has the #8 scoring defense.
On the opposing sideline, Todd Grantham's Bulldog defense is truly horrendous. Georgia is #58 in total defense in the FBS. It also has the 101st ranked scoring defense and the 102nd ranked defense in points allowed. The offense was one of the best units in college football a month ago, but a lack of quality starting talent due to injury has limited them as of late.
Now we enter into the present. Saturday is the Georgia-Florida game. This rivalry is one of the fiercest and most competitive in the nation. Georgia leads 49-40-2 overall against the Gators, but Florida has dominated for the last 2 decades. From 1990-2010, Florida won 18 times. Georgia? 3. The tide has changed as Georgia has won back-to-back games for the first time since the late 80s. The Bulldogs appear to have gained back the mental edge that was severly lacking for many years.
Both teams have seen disappointment. Each team has had some goals demolished. But this week they're headed to Jacksonville, and nothing else matters.