Back from the abyss, Gator Nation!
I will provide an update on what has transpired in recent weeks, but not right now. In fact, it is truly a great story and one I will share in a few weeks. Needless to say, I’ve placed myself in a communications black hole for the time being. A necessary part of life, I’m afraid. I would not even be posting this except for a very pleasant email I received from Randy Hart. Randy is a great Gator and we started at UF together in 1987 and I met him that fall and we’ve been fortunate to stay in touch and be part of the Columbus Gator Club for the last 8 years. So in honor of Randy, let’s talk some football…
Georgia is coming into the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party a wounded pup. They were spanked by South Carolina very unexpectedly after having very high hopes for this season. Needless to say…but I’ll say it anyway…this game looms HUGE for them. They need to win this game and win out to secure the SEC East. We, on the other hand, win this game and we win the SEC East outright with four games to go in the season. As you can imagine, Jacksonsville will be rocking. Georgia has had the offense this year and with Aaron Murray as QB, it has been easy to do. They average almost 40 points a game and have a great running back duo in Gurley and Marshall. It’s their defense that has not performed after high expectations to do so. You can’t give up 25 points a game and expect to win in the SEC. This week, though, expect a high level of emotion. Georgia’s season is on the line and all the stops will be pulled. They don’t have a choice. Expect the defense to throw everything at Jeff Driskel in his first Florida-Georgia game. Reading all the pre-game hype, even with our big Victories and 7-0 record, everybody….and I mean EVERYBODY is thinking that we will lose this game. That an emotional Georgia team will come in and put us in our place. I just have one thing to say….let them try.
I’ve wanted to write so much in recent weeks with our team moving ahead like they have, but let’s just focus on today. We don’t have the stats and we don’t seem to have the playmakers other than Gillislee, but we keep winning and our defense keeps rising to the occasion. My guess is that Will Muschamp has thoroughly prepared for this game. You don’t think he wants to win this one very bad? Here’s my main point with today’s game…we can’t let Georgia win. If we let them win then it’s two wins in a row and that constitutes a streak and that I can not abide. We absolutely have to win this game for more than just the SEC East. We have to win because we are Florida and it’s never enough to just beat Georgia once in awhile. If you are a Gator who graduated in the last two decades, you are not familiar with the rivalry as it was when we didn’t win as much. I would tell you I don’t ever want to go back to those days. We need this win. We need the SEC East. I don’t care what the stats say…we need Florida football back on top. Not much in the way of stats for today other than we need to keep improving our turnover margin in our favor. Florida 27 Georgia 17. Gillislee for 170 yards today. Game time is 3:30pm EST, 12:30 pm PST, and 10:30pm local Kuwait time. If you’re not at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, then I hope you are at your local Gator Club where Victory over Georgia is best served with Gators! ‘Nuff said.
- Florida vs. Georgia: Can the Bulldogs Wreck the Gators’ National Title Hopes? (bleacherreport.com)
- Florida vs. Georgia: Why the Bulldogs Don’t Have a Shot to Knock Off Gators (bleacherreport.com)
- Business as Usual (gatorfaneze.wordpress.com)
- Emmitt Smitt greets fans in Jacksonville ahead of Florida-Georgia weekend (jacksonville.com)
- Gator-squawking parrot gets a wing up on Florida-Georgia game (jacksonville.com)
- Georgia vs. Florida (independentmail.com)
- Blog Post: College Football Saturday Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick (pregame.com)
- Five times when Florida-Georgia rivalry has meant the most to both teams (jacksonville.com)
- Opportunity knocking for Gators and Bulldogs in Florida-Georgia game (m.jacksonville.com)