Showdown Set as Florida and Georgia Meet in Jacksonville
With both teams rested after a bye week, the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs are scheduled to meet in Jacksonville on Saturday to renew their annual rivalry. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with coverage of the game airing nationally on CBS. The Baltimore Gator Club will host a watch party for the contest, so come on down to the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row in your best Orange and Blue and cheer on the Gators against the Bulldogs.
The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Florida (5-1, 3-1 SEC) leads the SEC East race halfway through the season despite playing on once in the past three weeks. Two Saturdays ago the Gators handled Missouri, 40-14, for a comfortable Homecoming win. Defensive backs Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson both returned interceptions for touchdowns to spark the Gators in the first half.
In the second half, UF grinded down the Tigers and then finished with a flourish as Antonio Callaway fielded an onside kick attempt and raced 44 yards for a touchdown to put an exclamation point on the game.
The Gator defense continues to carry the team and ranks second in the nation in total defense, giving up just 207 yards per game and 12.0 points per game. The unit ranks tied for 44th in the nation with 13 turnovers caused this year.
Georgia (4-3, 2-3 SEC) last played two weeks ago, as well, falling to Vanderbilt at home, 17-16. The Bulldogs held a 16-10 lead in the fourth quarter after a 36-yd. field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship, but Khari Blasingame scored a touchdown for the Commodores with 9:43 remaining and the extra point was good to give VU the road win between the hedges.
Since a three-game win streak to start the year, the Bulldogs have won just once, recording a 28-14 victory at SEC East rival South Carolina three weeks ago in Columbia. The losing stretch included a 45-14 defeat at Ole Miss and a gut-wrenching 34-31 home loss to Tennessee on a Hail Mary pass with no time remaining.
Georgia leads the all-time series between the rivals with a 49-42-2 advantage, and holds a 44-39-1 record in games played in Jacksonville. The Gators won last year, 27-3, and have beaten the Bulldogs six times in the last ten years. Big plays turned the game for UF a year ago as the Gators recovered a fumble in the end zone and scored on a 66-yd. pass to Callaway to jump out to an early lead.