Scouting Florida’s 2020 opponents: Game 8 — Georgia

Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari sacks Florida quarterback Kyle Trask in the first half of last year's game in Jacksonville.. [Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun]

Editor’s note: While we have no idea when college football will start, we are bringing you a look at each of the 12 opponents Florida has scheduled to play.

Today: Georgia.

When: Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m.


Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville

Last year: This is where Kirby Smart has the Georgia program — finishing fourth in the country is not satisfactory for the Bulldogs. Georgia was in the argument for the final spot in the playoffs even after a 27-point loss to LSU in the SEC Championship Game, but that inexplicable loss to South Carolina doomed the Bulldogs. Still, it was a third straight Eastern Division title for Georgia and a third straight win over Florida. Those two things are definitely related.

Outlook for 2020: Georgia made some changes with a new offensive coordinator coming in and lost Jake Fromm to the draft. Enter Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, who will have a lot of pressure, especially because he didn’t have a spring in the new offense. The Bulldogs will be salty on defense as usual and will have a lot to replace on offense. But Smart is counting on his stellar recruiting to get Georgia right back where it expects to be.

Best offensive player: Anyone other than receiver George Pickens would be speculation and a projection. Pickens finished last season with 12 catches for 175 yards against Baylor. For the season, he had 49 catches for 727 yards and eight scores. He needs to stay out of trouble, missing the first half of two games last season for disciplinary reasons.

Best defensive player: Watch out for Azeez Ojulari, a redshirt sophomore who could be Georgia’s next great pass rusher. He led the team last year with 34 quarterback pressures and Gator fans will remember his sack and three pressures in last year’s game. 

Fun fact: Errict Rhett still has the school record for most carries in a game with 41 in the mud in the 1993 game. Rhett had 183 rushing in that Florida win, but the most rushing yards for a Gator in a Georgia game belongs to Kelvin Taylor with 197 in 2014.

Quote: “The longer the delay before next season is, the more it is an issue for Georgia with a new coordinator and new quarterback. Especially with Alabama in the third week of the season. But there is still a wide talent gap between Georgia and Florida.” — Seth Emerson, The Athletic.