Georgia-Florida rivalry renewed

Rob Saye

The Georgia Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2 SEC) travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to take on the Florida Gators (4-3, 3-2 SEC) at Everbank Field in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party on Saturday. The contest will be nationally televised via CBS.

This storied rivalry, which the Bulldogs lead 49-40-2 overall after winning the last two meetings, dates back to 1904. This year marks the first time since 2010 that both the Dawgs and Gators are unranked. With a win on Saturday, Georgia would win three consecutive meetings with the Gators for the first time since 1987, ‘88 and ‘89.


Senior quarterback Aaron Murray can kill more than two birds with one stone on Saturday. Murray has an opportunity that hasn’t been attainable in recent memory. The Bulldogs’ signal-caller has the chance to not only become the first quarterback in more than 30years to beat the Gators three straight times, but he can also do so in style by breaking Danny Weurffel’s SEC passing touchdown record (114) against the team for which Wuerffel played. It would be somewhat of a redemption, considering Tim Tebow broke Herschel Walker’s SEC rushing touchdown record against the Bulldogs in 2009. Murray needs three touchdown passes to surpass Weurffel.

Legends are made in this rivalry and the pressure can be unbearable. The Bulldogs’ field general made it clear that he’s not focused on going for the three-peat. “We just have to go out there and play ball and have fun,” he assured. “You can’t be worried about whether you’ve lost this many in a row, or won this many in a row, because every year is different. It’s a new team, new players and new circumstances when it comes to injuries or how the season is going for each team, so we just have to go out there, play ball and have fun.”

As far as injuries are concerned, head coach Mark Richt has confirmed that tailback Todd Gurley will play against Florida. This is great news for the Bulldog faithful. Gurley was on a roll with 377 rushing yards and four touch- downs through Georgia’s first three games before sustaining a high ankle sprain against LSU. He gained 118 yards and scored a touchdown on 27 carries in last year’s 17-9 win over the Gators. Wide receiver Michael Bennett was also running full-speed and making cuts in practice, according to Richt.


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