Georgia scouting report
Who: Florida 4-3 (2-3 SEC) vs. No. 1 Georgia (7-0, 5-0)
When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville.
TV: CBS. Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850
Last Week: The Bulldogs had an open date. The week before, they defeated then-unbeaten Kentucky 30-13. That score matched the most points Georgia has allowed this season. It was the Bulldogs’ debut as the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP poll, a first for the program. If you’re desperately searching for an advantage Florida has, the Gators have been tested in tight games. They haven’t passed those tests, but at least they’ve been in tight games. Since its opening 10-3 win over Clemson, Georgia has beaten six opponents by an average of 43-7.
Best Offensive Player: There is no singular standout, just a lot of very good players fulfilling their roles in a pro-style spread offense. Quarterback JT Daniels got a lot of preseason hype but has missed the past three games with a sprained latissimus dorsi, aka a “core injury.” He’s supposedly healthy now, though Stetson Bennett has filled in more than adequately and both will probably play against UF. Georgia’s receiving corps was hit hard with injuries before the season, but freshman tight end Brock Bowers has stepped up with 25 catches and six TDs.
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Best Defensive Player: Georgia’s front line has played like the reincarnation of Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” from the 1970s. It’s stocked with NFL prospects, and the most impressive has been Jordan Davis. The 6-foot-6, 340-pound tackle is a giant clog to opposing running attacks. Kirby Smart describes him as “Godzilla-like.” Linebacker Nakobe Dean is an All-American, but Quay Walker, Adam Anderson and Channing Tindall are star-caliber talents. The Bulldogs are the stingiest defense in the FBS, allowing 207.3 yards a game.
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Series: According to Florida, Georgia leads 52-44-2 in a series that began in 1915. The Bulldogs won the first six games by a combined score of 192-9, with five shutouts. Florida’s 44-28 victory last year snapped a three-game Georgia winning streak.
Fun Fact: If you check the official UGA website, Georgia leads the series 53-44-2. Florida says “balderdash.”
The Bulldogs say the series began in 1904, which was two years before the Florida Legislature passed a bill consolidating six state-supported schools into one, placing it in Gainesville and designating it the “University of Florida.” But one of those schools, Florida Agricultural College in Lake City, had been renamed the “University of Florida” by the legislature in 1903. And it had a football team. And it lost 52-0 to Georgia in 1904.
So, which school is right?
Depending on your point of view, either could be.
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Quote: “I don’t know if there’s many great teams in college football this year, but I know this is one of them.” — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops after playing Georgia.