“I try not to look on my phone as much, because obviously it is out there,” Thomas said. “You try to stay locked in on what’s going on inside the building.”
Inside the building, Georgia used its open week to recover from its first loss of the season while also preparing for another conference opponent. Georgia coach Kirby Smart believes his players recovered quickly after the loss, stating his players appear resilient and eager to play again.
“It's the leaders of the program and the organization and the coaches that have to get over it,” Smart said. “We're the ones that deal with a loss sometimes harder than the players.”
Now, the focus turns toward Florida, which defeated LSU 27-19 on Oct. 6. The Gators claimed victories over two ranked opponents this season, defeating then-ranked No. 5 LSU and No. 23 Mississippi State. Florida’s only loss this season came Sept. 8 against Kentucky, which Georgia faces after its meeting with Florida.
“They've gotten better –– you can see how much better they've gotten with each game,” Smart said. “They play with more confidence, and they're playing really good right now. So we're prepared for a big battle down in Jacksonville.”
Saturday’s game marks the sixth time both teams enter the meeting ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll and the first since 2008. Florida returned to Gainesville victorious the past three times in the previous five top-10 meetings. The most recent meeting when each was ranked came in 2012, when the No. 12 Bulldogs upset the No. 3 Gators 17-9.
“I think the most important thing for these guys is to focus on playing well, not the pageantry, not the surroundings, all that,” Smart said. “It doesn't matter. You gotta get back to playing well.”
GEORGIA-FLORIDA’S TOP-10 MATCHUPS
No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 Florida meet Saturday in Jacksonville. Here are the five previous games when the teams played with each ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll.
2008+No. 5 Florida 49, No. 8 Georgia 10
1999+No. 5 Florida 30, No. 10 Georgia 14
1984+No. 10 Florida 27, No. 8 Georgia 0
1983+No. 4 Georgia 10, No. 9 Florida 9
1976+No. 7 Georgia 41, No. 10 Florida 27