I could date myself very badly here, but what the heck, I’m going to go ahead and do it anyway. I got out the Florida media guide the other day and added it up. This is going to be my 50th Florida-Georgia game and 31st in a row. Just saying that makes me feel, well, not so young.
Of all those games, the 50th is going to be one of the biggest because of what’s at stake for the Gators. If they win, they’re not only in command in the SEC East, they’ll move up as a strong contender for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Are the Gators really ready for this, in just Year Two under Dan Mullen?
I think they are. And they’re going to prove it Saturday in Jacksonville.
There’s a clear path to victory Saturday: Don’t let D’Andre Swift run wild (by that I mean keep him to under 120 yards rushing, with no huge chunk plays), force Jake Fromm into obvious passing situations, protect Kyle Trask so he can efficiently distribute the ball to his deep and talented receiver corps, make one or two explosive plays in the running game, win the turnover battle by at least two and be sound on special teams.
Heading into the season, few thought the Gators would have a chance to win this game. That has certainly changed. Florida has gotten better each week, while Georgia seems to still be going through the process of finding its identity.
I just have a feeling the Gators are going to find a way to make one more play and score one more point than the Bulldogs.
Prediction: Florida 24, Georgia 23.