Based on what I’ve been hearing on talk radio and seeing on social media, Gator fans can be broken down into two camps concerning Saturday’s big game in Jacksonville.
In one, there is the belief that the Gators will beat the Bulldogs. There is absolutely no doubt. Florida beat LSU and LSU beat Georgia by 20 points two weeks ago, so you do the math. Gators are going to roll.
In the other, there is a fear that the Gators will get blown out. These are the fans who can’t seem to separate last year’s Georgia team (which won the SEC, went to the national title game and beat the Gators by 35 points) from this year’s Georgia team (which has shown some flaws, fatal ones in that loss to LSU).
I’m somewhere in between. I don’t think the Gators are going to get blown out. At the same time, I’m not sure they’re going to win this game. Let’s just say I think they have a chance, a good chance
For that to happen, Feleipe Franks and the offense are going to have to take care of the football and Dan Mullen is going to have to come up with another game plan that will help the Gators to continue showing improvement on that side of the ball. Defensively, the Gators have to slow down the run. If they can’t, if they don’t, it’s going to be a long, frustrating afternoon. The defense also has to limit explosive plays, which have been a recent problem.
This is a well-coach Florida team, and a team whose confidence is starting to soar. Because of those factors, I’m confident the Gators will play well Saturday and will be in the game heading into the fourth quarter. I just don’t know if they’re going to play well enough to be able to pull off the upset.
Playing well and staying in the game isn’t a bad thing. It would keep the momentum going for Mullen’s program, and it would show that the gap between UF and UGA is not nearly as wide as everyone perceived at the start of the season.
Prediction: Georgia 27, Florida 17