Since 1915, the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs have competed almost annually in one of college football's most storied rivalries. The two teams are heading to the neutral EverBank Field in Jacksonville for the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party but with different forms of momentum.
The 6-1 Bulldogs hold the lead in the SEC East and are #9 in the AP poll. The 3-3 Gators are trying to become bowl eligible with five games left. These are two teams that are on very different sides of the ball in terms of what they are hoping to do this season.
Georgia has been riding much of the season off of running back Todd Gurley. He has 773 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this year. The Bulldogs have 1,861 rushing yards this season as Nick Chubb has 569 and Sony Michel has 223. The Bulldogs are also ninth in football with 43.4 points per game. They have scored less than 35 once and that was in a 34-0 win over Missouri in early October.
The Bulldogs have benefited from a bye week as well. They last played on October 18 when they beat Arkansas 45-32.
The Gators have lost two games in a row with their last coming on October 18 in a 42-13 loss to Missouri. The Gators have had plenty of time to get ready for this game during their bye week. The Gators have struggled on the passing side of things with less than 200 passing yards per game with both Jeff Driskell and Treon Harris struggling at the quarterback position.
Georgia currently has a 49-40-2 lead over Florida in this rivalry. The Bulldogs are strong favorites to expand their lead even further and retain possession of the Okefenokee Oar for the fourth straight year. The Bulldogs are favored at -13 to win on Saturday. This game could put the Bulldogs as the favorites to win the SEC East and to take on Mississippi State, Mississippi, Alabama or whoever else could win the challenging SEC West division.