The week opened with Georgia rated anywhere from a 1.5 to a 3 point favorite over the Gators in Jacksonville.
Quite a change from the depths of the season when the Dogs came back from Colorado 1-4, but since then Mark Richt’s team has won three in a row while Urban Meyer’s has lost three in a row. Georgia clearly has the better quarterback. The Dogs’ running game finally is clicking, while the Gators have been weak against the run. Georgia with A.J. Green is a different team. So a point spread favoring UGA shouldn’t really be surprising.
Still, this is Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville, so a lot of Dogs fans are hesitant about predicting victory. Losing 17 of the past 20 games will do that to you.
We worry about the Gators having had a bye week to “modify” their offense, as Meyer put it, and, more importantly, possibly get some injured players healthy, particularly running back Jeff Demps. We assume that talented wide receiver turned stalker Chris Rainey — who mostly likely would have been kicked off the team if he’d been at Georgia but who’s been reinstated just in time by Meyer — will play against the Dogs.
And then there’s just that whole negative mojo that the Cocktail Party has developed for those in red and black in recent years. We’ve seen superior Georgia teams lose to the Gators before in the past decade.
So how are you feeling about the Dogs being the favorite Saturday? Are you able to view this as just another game for a resurgent Georgia team against an SEC East opponent with a mediocre record?
Or is the recent history of this rivalry too much to ignore?
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