The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will be taking place this weekend. Unlike previous years, this game holds massive weight for Georgia and Florida.
Going into last year’s game with Florida, the Georgia Bulldogs were still licking their wounds after losing their first game of the season to the LSU Tigers. Fast forward to this year, and the Bulldogs are in a similar position having suffered their first loss of the season to South Carolina in double overtime. Last season, Georgia did a great job of bouncing back by convincingly beating Florida. This year, Georgia will be looking to repeat that same process.
With both teams ranked in the top ten, Florida at 6 and Georgia at 8, and both teams having only one SEC loss, the weight on this game is palpable. The winner on Saturday will take the pole position of the SEC East and their goals of making the College Football Playoff very much alive. Florida has an easier SEC schedule after this game, with Missouri and Vanderbilt waiting, while Georgia still has to deal with Auburn and Missouri following Saturday’s game.
After the loss against South Carolina, Georgia struggled in an ugly game to beat Kentucky in Athens. The Bulldogs had their bye week following the Kentucky game, giving them extra time to suss out all the offensive issues the team has had this season. With Jake Fromm trying to lead his team back to the SEC Championship Game, the Bulldogs will be looking for a big-time game from their leader. Fromm shined in last year’s game, going 17-24 with 240 yards and 3 touchdowns. If the Bulldogs want to leave Jacksonville victoriously, Fromm will need a similar game this Saturday.
While the Georgia offense struggled against Kentucky, the Bulldogs defense pitched a shutout. Yes, it was sloppy conditions and Kentucky was on their third-string QB who is also a wide receiver, but nonetheless, Georgia’s defense played very well. All season, Georgia’s defense has been the unit leading the charge on victories. In seven games this season, the Georgia defense has allowed totaling of 74 points. That is an extremely impressive stat.
Saturday’s game is going to be an all-out brawl between two bitter rivals who have everything in front of them at this point in the season. The SEC East title, SEC Championship Game, and a possible playoff berth are all on the line this weekend. Georgia, if they want to continue their SEC East dominance, will have to play better on offense this Saturday. We all know the Georgia defense will get their stops but it’s all about how many points Jake Fromm and this offense can score. With the Florida defense almost as good, Saturday is looking like it’s going to be a defensive showdown.