GEORGIA VS. FLORIDA
When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Jacksonville)
Line: Georgia by 11
WHAT TO EXPECT
Georgia on offense: For the third consecutive game the Bulldogs will play without junior tailback Todd Gurley. In the past two, freshman Nick Chubb responded with 345 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Georgia averaged 39.5 points in two victories. But with 68 carries in those games, Chubb’s durability was severely tested and will be further strained against the hard-hitting Gators.
Florida on offense: Ranked 12th in the SEC in scoring and 11th in total offense, the Gators made a change at quarterback. Florida benched senior Jeff Driskel and will turn to freshman Treon Harris to make his first career start. Harris has been solid in limited duty, recording a 233.29 pass-efficiency rating in three games.
Georgia on defense: The Bulldogs have shown tremendous improvement in the past several games and emerged as one of the more opportunistic defenses in the nation. Georgia leads all FBS schools with a turnover margin of plus-13, bolstered by 17 takeaways. Conversely, Florida has turned the ball over 16 times. So the Bulldogs will seek to continue that trend by winning first down and getting the Gators into third-and-long situations.
Florida on defense: Only Alabama and Ole Miss have played better overall defense than the Gators, who are allowing only 317 yards per game and limited Missouri to 120 total yards the last time out. They’re particularly stout against Georgia’s primary weapon — the run — giving up a scant 117 yards per game. Junior DE Dante Fowler and CB Vernon Hargreaves each must be accounted for.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.