The annual rivalry in Jacksonville between the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators gets underway this Saturday. But the hype surrounding this one might be the lowest it’s been in a decade. Both teams enter the game unranked, with both having suffered a myriad of injuries to key positions. CBS will have the coverage of this one, kicking off at 3:30 pm ET.
Sat., Nov. 2nd, 2013 @ 3:30pm ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fl
- Who’s Favored?
Dawgs by 2.5 ~ @ BetOnline
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At the end of September, Georgia was ranked in the top-five, coming off of wins over South Carolina and LSU. But then the injury bug hit hard in a game at Tennessee, that saw four starters on offense in skill positions go down. That was after injuries to running back Todd Gurley against LSU, and receiver Malcolm Mitchell in the opener to Clemson.
Gurley is said to be back for this one against Florida, which would be his first action since LSU. In that time, The Bulldogs are 1-2, losing back-to-back games to Missouri and Vanderbilt. It’s been a struggle for Georgia, but a win over Florida could certainly help.
As for the Gators, it’s been a bunch of key injuries as well. Losses to Miami, LSU, and the latest to Missouri have dropped Florida out of the conversation for much of the college football season.
Florida’s offense hasn’t been very good this season, but the Bulldogs’ defense has been equally as bad. The battle between these two units will be interesting to see, because neither has had much success.
It’s been the Gators defense and the Georgia offense that have been the strengths for most of the season. But it’s hard to say what to expect. If the Bulldogs get Gurley back and perhaps even Michael Bennett as well, then things might lead to favor Georgia.
The winner of this one still has an outside shot at winning the East Division. South Carolina’s win over Missouri brought both of these two back in it, so there’s plenty to play for.