The SEC East battle in Jacksonville, FL this Saturday is bound to be a good one. The Florida Gators (4-3, 3-2) and the Georgia Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2), both coming off a bye week, have been preparing for a game that is a necessary win for each teams seasons. Last week, the Missouri Tigers were seemingly on the road to clinch the Eastern division looking strong with an undefeated record until they hit a roadblock. South Carolina handed the Tigers their first loss with a score of 27-24. With Missouri’s loss brought about optimism for Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina about getting to Atlanta. Florida’s defensive back Cody Riggs watched the Mizzou/Gamecocks game from home and stated, “We’re back in it. We’ve still got a chance…It gave us a little hope. The minute that kick hit the upright, I opened my computer and started watching film on Georgia.” I’m sure cheers were heard from Columbia, SC to Athens, GA, all the way to Gainesville, FL.
According to GeorgiaDogs, Florida and Georgia are tied in the SEC East rankings behind first place Missouri (7-1, 3-1) and second place South Carolina (6-2, 4-2); all four are all “technically alive” to win the East. Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy said that the upcoming game with the Bulldogs is a crucial win for either team. “It’s kind of like a one-game playoff. If you lose, your season’s kind of done or down in the dumps…both teams are going to come out hungry and ready to go.” On the other side, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said that both teams are hopeful for the seasons stating “I think both teams know if they win, we stay in the race for the East.”
There is no doubt that this will be a key game for the two. Florida head coach Will Muschamp is 0-2 against the Bulldogs in his Florida career. Muschamp said that Florida needs to execute plays in order to supersede Georgia, a problem that has plagued the Gators all season. “We’re probably not going to show him (Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray) anything he’s not seen over the four years at Georgia. We just need to execute and play well. We need to be able to pressure the quarterback with four guys rushing.” The Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators will play on neutral grounds in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 2 on CBS. Kickoff is for 3:30 p.m. eastern time.
We’ll see which team makes it out “alive.”
Information from GeorgiaDogs and GatorZone has been used in this article.