GEORGIA-FLORIDA BUZZ

The chatter

From Dave George, Palm Beach Post columnist:

The Florida Gators have a chance against Georgia. Period, not question mark.

If you buy my modest premise, prepare to be laughed at by everyone you know, including small children, who may well believe all those colorful descriptions of Santa Claus but have lived long enough to understand that you just can’t believe in Will Muschamp. …

More than anything, Muschamp has developed into Florida’s version of Ray Goff. Steve Spurrier used to call him Ray Goof when he thought nobody was listening and then, after a while, when he knew that everybody was.

A career .574 winning percentage didn’t win Goff much respect from anybody, really, especially when compared with Vince Dooley, the Georgia legend who preceded him. Muschamp, who followed Urban Meyer at Florida, is bumping along at .568.

Here, though, is the thing. The Florida-Georgia game is nature’s way of flushing all kinds of toxins out of soured systems.

It can be the one-day cure to all that ails a tortured fan base. It can be the moment when sophistication actually gets in the way of a coach, and caveman chaos has its way.

Goff won the Florida-Georgia game once in seven tries, which proves it can be done. Ron Zook won it twice in three. No kidding.

Now it’s Georgia fans who are praying that Muschamp will coach the Gators forever, the better to enhance their enjoyment of this series. Jacksonville is famous for its faceplants, however, with good teams losing to bad ones, and monumental shifts too crazy to comprehend.

Numbers game

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He said it

“There’s some really good senior leadership. Not only seniors, just really good leadership. There’s a high maturity level on this team, and there’s a high focus level. The one thing about this team, and the difference I’ve seen over the last couple years is that we practice really well, and I think that’s why we’ve had some success so far this season. I think you could count on one hand the amount of bad practices we’ve really had this year.” — Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason

“We’re always looking for the possibility of a fake field goal, fake punt, surprise onside kick. We look at our film and try to say, ‘If we were playing us, what would we try to do to catch us off guard?’ We try to do that every week. — Mark Richt on preparing for Florida throwing everything at them in an effort to pull the upset

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