Looking to get their season back on track and end a two-game losing streak, the Florida Gators make the short trip up to Jacksonville on Saturday to renew their annual rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 3:30 p.m. at EverBank Field with national coverage provided by CBS. In conjunction with the game, the Baltimore Gator Club will be co-hosting a tailgate event with the UGA Alumni Association – Baltimore Chapter at The Greene Turtle in McHenry Row. The family-friendly party begins at 2:30 p.m. with a UF vs. UGA corn hole tournament, and then continues during the game with raffles and other contests. So come on out in your Orange and Blue and show those Bulldogs that it’s ALWAYS great to be a Florida Gator!
Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC) had a bye week last weekend after getting blown out by Missouri at the Swamp on Homecoming. The Gator defense limited the Tigers to just 119 yards and seven first downs, but Missouri scored four non-offensive touchdowns to earn the road win. Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel struggled under center and was replaced by freshman Treon Harris in the second half who then got UF on the board with two late touchdowns. Head coach Will Muschamp announced earlier this week that Harris will start against Georgia.
Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) is also coming off of a bye week after squeaking by Arkansas on the road back on Oct. 18 in Little Rock. Despite missing star running back Todd Gurley for each of the past two games (he will be out on Saturday as well),the Georgia offense has averaged 39.5 points in the two wins thanks to freshman Nick Chubb. The first-year back rushed for 143 yards and a score in the Bulldogs’ 34-0 road rout of Mizzou and then racked up 202 yards and two touchdowns against the Razorbacks.
The all-time series between the two rivals dates back to 1915 with Georgia holding a 49-40-2 advantage. All but ten of the games have been played in Jacksonville, with each of the last 18 contests played in the River City. UGA has won the last three games to stop a three-game win streak for the Gators. Florida almost pulled off the comeback last year after trailing 20-0 in the third quarter, but ultimately fell short, 23-20, as Georgia ran out the last 8:17 on the clock after the Gators pulled to within one score earlier in the quarter.