It’s Georgia-Florida week. Will Jarvis Jones, Abry Jones play? Here’s the latest …

Florida’s easier-than-expected win over South Carolina and Georgia’s tougher-than-expected win over Kentucky combined to raise the stakes for Saturday’s annual showdown in Jacksonville.

“We know what this game means for us and for Florida,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday night. “Our guys are excited about the opportunity to play this game and have it mean as much as it means right now. … I don’t think we’re going to have to sit here and try to figure out a way to motivate anybody.”

A win by Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) would clinch a berth in the SEC Championship game for the Gators, while a win by Georgia (6-1, 4-1) would put the Bulldogs in position to reach the league title game with victories next month over Ole Miss and Auburn.

On paper, a number of factors seem to favor Florida, including:

  • The difference in the teams’ national rankings — Florida No. 2 and Georgia No. 10, according to this week’s BCS standings;
  • The teams’ disparate performances over the weekend — Florida a 44-11 winner over South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) and Georgia a 29-24 winner over Kentucky (1-7, 0-5);
  • The teams’ contrasting results against South Carolina — Georgia a 28-point loser Oct. 6 to a team Florida defeated by 33 points two weeks later;
  • Georgia’s recent record against top-tier opponents — 1-9 since the start of the 2008 season against teams ranked in the nation’s top 10 at the time of the game;
  • And the Bulldogs’ record against the Gators over the past 22 seasons — 4-18 despite a Georgia victory last year

“At the end of the day, it all depends on how we play,” Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said. “We know we have to play an unbelievable game offensively, defensively and on special teams if we want to have a chance to win that game. We just have to be ready to go.”

Florida is the SEC East’s only unbeaten team and would clinch the division title outright with a win. A Georgia victory would give the Bulldogs the tiebreaker in the East if they and Florida finish with one league loss apiece.

Richt had mixed news Sunday on two key defensive players with ankle injuries. He expressed optimism that linebacker Jarvis Jones, who sat out the Kentucky game, will be able to play, but indicated that end Abry Jones, who left the game early in the first quarter, probably won’t be available.

“My hope is  [Jarvis Jones] will be able to practice as early as Monday. That’s what I hope, but whether or not that happens, I’m not sure,” Richt said. “He’s definitely been making progress. I think there’s a very good chance he’ll play, but if he’s not healthy enough to go, then we’re not going to do it. I think there’s a good chance he will [play].”

Richt said Abry Jones suffered a different  injury to the same ankle that he sprained earlier this season. “Right now he’s out, and we’re going to learn a little bit more tomorrow when he sees some doctors,” Richt said. “But at this minute, I’d say there’s a good chance he’ll be out.”

Georgia hasn’t won back-to-back games against Florida since 1988-89. The Bulldogs won 24-20 last year and lost 34-31 in overtime in 2010.

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Punter Collin Barber, helped off the field after being run into by a Kentucky player, “will be fine,” Richt said. … Ray Drew is “going to get more opportunities” at defensive end with Abry Jones injured, Richt said. … Because of South Carolina’s back-to-back losses to LSU and Florida, the damage done to the Bulldogs by their Oct. 6 loss to the Gamecocks was quickly erased, at least in the SEC East standings. “We knew [after the loss to South Carolina] that there was a lot of football to be played and if we get back to work and start trying to take care of our own business, there would be a good chance we would be back in the race,” Richt said. “As it turned out, it happened relatively quick. The reality was that when we were playing South Carolina we were in control of our destiny. And then the very next game we played was Kentucky, and by the time we kicked off we were actually in the same spot we were going into the South Carolina game.”

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Vampire Bill

October 21st, 2012
10:35 pm

Abry is a huge loss. No doubt.

Boris

October 21st, 2012
10:48 pm

Jarvis is a must have. The dropoff from Abry Jones to Garrsion Smith is not that big.

drbasic1

October 21st, 2012
11:05 pm

not sure it really matters, and i’m a big homer. I was listening to “Coast to Coast” on xm radio earlier this evening and a couple of those gurus are picking Georgia…maybe i should drink more kool-aid, i don’t know….these guys said of all the SEC teams, they feel Georgia is the only one that could pull an upset over Bam in the SEC Title game…..Guess i just keep the faith, maybe they see something I don’t….it all starts this weekend…..GO DAWGS!!!!

southsideDawg

October 21st, 2012
11:07 pm

Please let Richard Samuel play in this game.

LADawg

October 21st, 2012
11:10 pm

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October 21st, 2012
11:10 pm

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GB's Hamburgers

October 21st, 2012
11:10 pm

It doesn’t matter if they play or not, does it? Winning in the SEC is about coaching — about getting your athletes to perform at an optimum level.

LADawg

October 21st, 2012
11:14 pm

The MO for beating the Dawgs is to hit them in the mouth early and they will put their tail between their legs and whimper the rest of the game like little puppies. I like Richt but his method of coaching is not successful against tougher, meaner teams. Bring Muschamp home!

GB's Hamburgers

October 21st, 2012
11:16 pm

Jarvis Jones has disappeared anyway since the Missouri game. If he doesn’t appear in the Florida game what’s the diff? It might be just me, but the UGA defense doesn’t seem that quick. The offensive hit bit plays against all those Kentucky freshmen but could not …. could not sustain any drives.

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BigDawg

October 21st, 2012
11:35 pm

I have about as much optimism that UGA will beat UF as I do in Obama turning the country around. And I bleed red (politics) and black (UGA)!

Huh?

October 21st, 2012
11:58 pm

Don’t UGA fans see that the AJC has played a big part in all of this mess?

Coach Richt

October 22nd, 2012
12:28 am

Yawn, I’m really tired and have a lot going on outside of worrying about winning a football game. Our game plan is good, we’re not going to change anything just because Spurrier, Saban, Muschamp and Miles have forgotten as much football as my staff and I will ever know. All I have to do is win 8 or 9 games, and I’ll know that my job and huge income is safe. So if you don’t like it, go pound sand but don’t forget to send in that Hartmann Fund check by February 13th.

lol

October 22nd, 2012
12:54 am

please fire this clown….am I bad fan for wishing we lose so we can fire him?

The Auditor

October 22nd, 2012
1:08 am

^Wowwwww. I can’t believe CMR literally just said that. If what he just said isn’t enough to turn the page, I don’t know what is. Really Coach Richt? Coming on the AJC blogs and saying something like that? Really hurts coming from our leader…

dbc

October 22nd, 2012
1:29 am

My only conclusion is that CMR is either the most devious sand bagger in the history of sport, or that his cheese has slid off his cracker. Either way, we’ll know in less than a week.

Hairy Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
3:15 am

I’d like to see Ray Drew have a big game. He sounded like Everybody’s All-American when we signed him. He’s a sophomore. It’s time to get that college career going.

TennDawg

October 22nd, 2012
4:14 am

Not too concerned with Abry being out. We need both big John and Kwame on the line anyways. Garrison and Ray Drew can fill in the rest. I really hope our defense plays to the level they are capable of on Saturday. This is the most physical Florida team I can remember….

Joe Bob Wengie

October 22nd, 2012
4:33 am

Florida- 63
Georgia-10

clay

October 22nd, 2012
4:48 am

As a huge dawg fan to all the others. Just go into this game knowing that we are probably going to lose, so that way our t.v.’s and walls will not be damaged. lol. IF and that’s a BIG IF we do manage to pull this game out, then it will be a lot more fun celebrating.

JUNKYARD DAWG

October 22nd, 2012
5:25 am

I hope the DAWGS show up with there minds right! I foregot which year it was, but our team had been dissimated by injurys and we had to play the WARbeagles which was doing really well that year and no one gave us chance, and we went to the plains and blew them out of the water! JUST TRYING TO FIND SOME HOPE !

Mountain Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
6:05 am

Grantham has pulled the Scam of the Century on the Dawgs.

dawgdon

October 22nd, 2012
6:43 am

Abry Jones being out of the line up is huge! Without him in the lineup, the line looks confused. He got hurt late in the 3rd quater against Vandy. He was still hurt when we played SC. He left eary against Kentucky. Take a close look at the line play since he has been out. Not only the line play but look at the lb play. They had to fight through blocks that they normally did not have to. Having Abry out is really going to hurt us!!

ZinoDawg

October 22nd, 2012
7:01 am

Gators 48
Dawgs 7

Another humbling embarrassment on national TV.
But we sure spanked Vandy!!!!

mr. mike - sec commish

October 22nd, 2012
7:03 am

will muschamp is not leaving florida to “come home” to UGA. bobby petrino will never ever coach again in the sec. CTG needs to pull the plug on the 3-4.

DogRoll

October 22nd, 2012
7:13 am

The Dogs will upset Fla—-mark it down!! Fla will choke again like last year and the Dogs will win by 7!!! Dogs win the SEC east!!!!

Gator Jim

October 22nd, 2012
7:17 am

I’m looking for another hard fought. tough game from some scrappy Dawgs, but there is a steamroller heading to Jax from G’ville that will not be stopped. I am sooo pleased with our new offensive Co-ordinator, Brent Pease and his use of our plentiful talent. Go Gators!

No Mercy

October 22nd, 2012
7:19 am

Georgia should win this game. Should. They are due for a huge game, no way I’d bet against them. Offense wuill carry the day. Now that I would not have bet on at the beginning of this season. The defense needs to decide what the heck they want to do, play dicilplined unselfish gap responsibility team ball, or keep screwing around looking for big plays selfish crap. A few guys are doing their jobs, more than a few are not. Bench em….hahalike that would ever happen under these coaches.

Hate the lizards

October 22nd, 2012
7:23 am

I just hope we show up and play.
I do not think I can watch another horrbile game

Wake me when CMR is gone

October 22nd, 2012
7:29 am

Better start drinking….this one is going to be ugly.

Columbus Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
7:31 am

Hope you are right about upset, but I can not see it. The Rotary Club here in Columbus houses a lot of Big Dawg alumni and boosters. It seems from talk and mood of most is that Richt has had his second chance. This was in last week’s meeting, before they stunk it up against the Cats. Even if the Dawgs somehow get an upset against UF, win out and make it to Atlanta, the coach talk is about that goal, by the way, the common conversation always turns to the embarrassment from last December in the dome, and how awful it would be to have to re visit that embarrassment. Richt wants to spin every shortcoming in a manner that fits his agenda just like Obama. There were many who out right said they did not want a new contract for Richt, and wanted him gone after the bowl game against MS. We will certainly see how it plays out, but Richt may be on a shorter leash than some think. McGarity is like Obama also, in that he has the bully pulpit right now, but the decision is far from being his.

Dawg_Mike

October 22nd, 2012
7:31 am

Do you realize how much trouble we are in on Saturday in JAX ? I am channeling my inner Munson……….

DAWG with two bags over head

October 22nd, 2012
7:35 am

Expecting the Dawgs to be their usual unmotivated, undisciplined, and unprepared selves. How many times do we have to watch “Groundhog Day”?. We all know how it comes out: 4-18, soon to be 4-19.

Joe Bob Wengie

October 22nd, 2012
7:35 am

Florida-63
Georgia-10

Shep

October 22nd, 2012
7:37 am

I cannot believe 4-18! Just indicates that Ga has an extreme coaching deficit plus it validates my theory that Ga has been a bottom feeder for a very long time, BUT, that the so-called Old Ball coach’s record is enhanced rather well by playing Ga every year. He has known this all the time and that is why he makes so much fun of the vaunted bulldogs. Except for the Herschel years we are Vanderbilt w/o an education.

RedandBlackDAWG

October 22nd, 2012
7:41 am

If the DAWGS could stop their running game, I think the DAWGS could make a game of it. Right now, I don’t think we can cut off the run and haven’t all season long, so to expect different results without some of the folks being able to step it up is unlikely.
We just do not have the OL, to move the ball against good defenses so I am afraid we will not pull this one out. I would like to see the DAWGS make a decent game of it, but it would take a supreme effort on both sides to do that. The only real advantage we have is in the passing game, but it is hard for the QB to shine, when the defense is playing in our backyard all day long.
I think the kids are giving their best on the field but I am not sure that is good enough to get UGA to the promised land right now. I hope they make it respectful but I think we will most likely finish the season 10-2, with one again, our biggest opponents the victors.

DAWG with two bags over head

October 22nd, 2012
7:42 am

Columbus Dawg,

Hope your club has a lot of influential boosters. I hear the same thing everywhere I go, but I’m not naive enough to think the average fan has any say in the decision. McGarity has the same arrogance and lack of accountability as CMR.

Bulldawgman49

October 22nd, 2012
7:48 am

Well only thing I have to say about the play of Georgia , If the same team shows up that played Saturday night forget about it . done over etc. I am sure they are disappointed in there play as well.
And they should be . I understand we are trying to stay balanced with the run and pass but if the other team is giving you the pass please for the life of me stay with it .

Bulldawgman49

October 22nd, 2012
7:50 am

Joe Bob is a moron .

ReALLY?

October 22nd, 2012
7:53 am

Georgia’s recent record against top-tier opponents — 1-9 since the start of the 2008 season against teams ranked in the nation’s top 10 at the time of the game;

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hit a single

October 22nd, 2012
7:53 am

I agree, let Richard Samuel play. That kid deserves more than he is getting. Plus he has more heart than the entire defense.

DAWGnMD

October 22nd, 2012
7:55 am

@ DBC…LOL. that was rich. I sure need a laugh right now. First my Dawgs then my Ravens! The Mayans must have been right. this is it! When U of MD plays a better game against a better opponent (even though they lost at the very end) than the Dogs I know the end is near.

Tndawgsfan

October 22nd, 2012
7:55 am

Run Lindsay, Run! My God they must be all 10 feet tall. I don’t know if we can do this?

MDG

October 22nd, 2012
7:56 am

UF’s offensive coordinator was at Boise St last year in that debacle. Expect much of the same play calling, but add in the QB draw. I am feeling sick to my stomach just thinking about this one. I hope the Dawgs have a gut check at some point this week and come out with a focused fire like we haven’t seen in a few years. If it’s the same ho-hum attitude that we get this week, it will be over by halftime.
Go Dawgs!

SuperB

October 22nd, 2012
7:56 am

Fla. does NOT have better players than we have. We have the best players. Ga. will win!!!

Chris Snow

October 22nd, 2012
7:57 am

After Saturday night’s game, I would not be surprised if we end up 8-4. It’s that bad.

DPR

October 22nd, 2012
8:02 am

Florida 63, Georgia 7

So much for the silly dreams again.

QB

October 22nd, 2012
8:03 am

If you are a real SEC football fan you know UGA can win this game. Really South Carolina gave the game to FLorida with their horrible special teams performance. The key to the game will be whoever make the least mistakes will win this one. Really UGA can play more aggressive and loose because they expected to lose anyway so I hope Richt and his staff take some chances downfield.

Shep

October 22nd, 2012
8:07 am

Columbus Dog: Anybody that brings Obama, OR, Romney into the discussion is a moron.

Columbus Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
8:11 am

Shep sounds like a true Obama butt licker, what a D.A.