After Week Off, Gators Look to Rivalry Game to Bounce Back

By on October 31, 2015. Posted in , , , .

The 11th-ranked Florida Gators had a week off following their first loss of the season and now head just 70 miles away from campus to take on Georgia in the two school’s annual showdown in Jacksonville.  Kick-off between the Gators and Bulldogs at EverBank Field is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with coverage of the game airing nationally on CBS.  The Baltimore Gator Club will host its own “Cocktail” Watch Party for the contest at The Greene Turtle at McHenry Row.  So come on down and join the other Charm City Gators as we watch the Orange and Blue take on Georgia on Saturday afternoon.

The Greene Turtle

1606 Whetstone Way

Baltimore, Md. 21230

Behind backup quarterback Treon Harris, Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) battled but dropped a tough decision at LSU, 35-28, back on Oct. 17.  The sophomore signal caller passed for 271 yards and two touchdowns, but took five sacks in his first time start since the opening weekend vs. New Mexico State.  While Harris had success in the air, the Gators struggled in the ground game, netting just 55 yards on 31 carries.

The Gator defense kept the squad in the game as LSU scored only once in the second half with the touchdown coming on a fake field goal.  The UF defense currently ranks 18th nationally in total defense and 19th in scoring defense, yielding just 17.3 points per game.

Georgia (5-2, 3-2 SEC) also had the week off last Saturday after snapping a two-game losing streak with a defensive 9-6 home win over Missouri.  The Bulldogs missed injured sophomore running back Nick Chubb against the Tigers as they managed under 300 yards of total offense.  Chubb is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.  The UGA defense was even more stout, however, limiting the visiting Tigers to just 164 yards.

Florida snapped a three-game losing skid to the Bulldogs last year, running away with a 38-20 upset victory.  The Gators racked up 418 yards rushing as they rallied from an early 7-0 deficit and scored 31 straight points en route to the win.  Harris only attempted six passes in the victory as Kelvin Taylor ran for 197 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The Gators have won six of the last ten meetings, but Georgia still leads the all-time series 49-41-2 with a 44-38-1 lead in games played in Jacksonville.