A look at UGA’s next opponent: the Gators




NEXT FOR GEORGIA

Who: vs. Florida (in Jacksonville, Fla.)

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

TV; radio: CBS; 750, 95.5

About Florida

Record: 7-0, 6-0 SEC

Last time played: Georgia overcame a 17-3 second-quarter deficit to defeat Florida 24-20 last season, just the Bulldogs’ fourth victory over the Gators in the teams’ past 22 meetings.

Offense: Florida ranks last in the SEC in passing offense (137.7 yards per game) but third in the league in rushing offense (212.7 yards per game). The Gators’ leading rusher is senior tailback Mike Gillislee, who averages 93.1 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel is 85-of-127 passing (66.9 percent) for 928 yards; four of his eight touchdown passes came in last week’s 44-11 victory over South Carolina. Driskel has run the ball 66 times for 321 net yards (4.9 per carry), including 11 carries for 177 yards against Vanderbilt.

Defense: The Gators rank No. 4 nationally in scoring defense (allowing 12.1 points per game), No. 7 in total defense (282 yards per game), No. 10 in rushing defense (97.3 yards per game) and No. 20 in passing defense (184.7 yards per game).

Special teams: Punter Kyle Christy ranks first in the nation with an average of 47.9 yards, including a school-record 54.3-yard average against South Carolina. Kicker Caleb Sturgis has made 12 of 14 field-goal attempts this season, including both of his tries from 50-plus yards.

What you should know: The Gators, No. 2 in the BCS standings, have outscored their SEC opponents 57-8 in the third quarter and 51-13 in the fourth. They are the only team in the nation with two wins over opponents ranked in the nation’s top 10 at the time of the games (LSU, South Carolina).

Coach: Will Muschamp, a former Georgia player (1991-94), is in his second season as Florida’s coach. He has a 14-6 record with the Gators (7-6 last season).

125 comments Add your comment

Greg McGatority

October 24th, 2012
10:29 am

Just keep it close. We’ll take the easy route and keep him around a few more years.

PrimeTime#8

October 24th, 2012
10:29 am

Columbia SC Dawg

October 24th, 2012
10:31 am

Dogs will find a way to ruing Gators’ season.

Greg McGatority

October 24th, 2012
10:34 am

I just posted that so no one would say “first’.

bwell

October 24th, 2012
11:03 am

Our beloved Dawgs will prevail and come out on top…….. Hopefully SW callout will motivate the team.

Motocross Survivor

October 24th, 2012
11:05 am

Lowly dawgs will go home in dawgy bags. Won’t be purty.

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Chicken Little

October 24th, 2012
11:15 am

Did I mention the sky is falling?

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
11:16 am

Tucker, the real problem for the dawgs is special teams or their lack there of:.
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Playing on the special teams at UF is considered an honor among the players. Starting on special teams is viewed no differently than starting on offense or defense.
“We have a great special teams coordinator in Coach Durkin,” sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel said. “We say at the beginning of the year, ‘If you’re not on special teams, you’re a selfish player.’ We take great pride in our special teams. We work on it a lot. We have some good players on our special teams. We get down there and we cover well. When we get chances, we make big plays.
“It’s definitely an honor to get in there. It’s definitely a spot that we take pride in. Any time you’re a gunner or you’re really doing anything on special teams, it’s an honor. They take great pride in that.”
Muschamp said the winning special teams performances are a product of coaching, hard work, attention to detail and effort by the players, many of whom are starters, like Floyd, Loucheiz Purifoy, Jon Bostic, Matt Elam, Jordan Reed and many others.
“What you emphasize is what’s important,” Muschamp said. “We spend a lot of time on it. Meetings, practice and emphasis from our staff.”

The competition for playing time on the UF special teams is intense, Muschamp said.
“Every week,” he said. “We grade everything, not just on our offense and defense, but special teams. If a guy is not playing well, he is replaced during the game. It’s no different than any other phase of our football team.”
Special teams are a winning phase, just like the Gator offense and defense.

mark

October 24th, 2012
11:18 am

we will win this game….GATA.

He Hate Gator

October 24th, 2012
11:30 am

Hey, stat-man Sammy, why didn’t you post these stats?….”The Gators, No. 2 in the BCS standings, have outscored their SEC opponents 57-8 in the third quarter and 51-13 in the fourth. They are the only team in the nation with two wins over opponents ranked in the nation’s top 10 at the time of the games (LSU, South Carolina).”

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
11:45 am

Gators not worried about Arron Murray stats, Pease, Gators Prefer Wins Over Yards Any Day

RxDawg

October 24th, 2012
11:45 am

Sigh… don’t you hate knowing that there is an L lurking around the corner?

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:46 am

Gators got what, -19 yards rushing last year against Georgia? Their oline has given up 21 sacks, they just can’t passblock anybody. They can’t throw, last in the SEC, and basically, they’re 120th in total offense. They havn’t returned a punt or kick for a td. It’s a miracle they have won more than 3 games with an offense and special teams like that. Unless you turn the ball over a lot, Florida doesn’t have the weapons to score points.

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
11:47 am

Sammy is the old Patrick———–just a number nerd

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:49 am

LSU is 59th in scoring South Carolina is 49th. Their defense is over-rated.

UGA is 17th in offensive scoring. Florida hasn’t faced an offense like UGA’s that can beat you passing or rushing.

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:51 am

So anyone using numbers is a number nerd? Sorry Chip, I enjoyed the article and disagree with GatorBait–Bulldawg–Thomas Brown, or whatever he calls himself.

GTF GRAD

October 24th, 2012
11:51 am

Florida will crush Georgia. The bulldogs are consistently OVERRATED. They have had one of the weakest schedules in the SEC up to this point (only Mississippi State has a weaker one) and they got sent home with their tails tucked between their legs by the only ranked team they’ve encountered this season. Look for more of the same when they meet the gators. UGA has proved nothing.

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
11:52 am

Good luck sat GD (Unless you turn the ball over a lot, Florida doesn’t have the weapons to score points.) I guess you didn’t notice that the Gators held LSU and SC without a touch down——-maybe they don’t need to score alot of points-they just destroy their will.

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:56 am

Georgia’s ranked #17 in the nation in total offense.

LSU is ranked #76.

Florida will face a different offense this week.

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
11:56 am

GD that SC team put 35 on your mangy butt and your high powered offense got 7 on their subs with less than 2 mins to go.

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:57 am

Then again, Richt is 1-0 against Muschamp.

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:57 am

UGA also put 45 on Vandy, Florida only scored 28.

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
11:58 am

GD the Gators faced better QB’s against Bowling Green, Texas A & M, and Tenn than that little midget you have at qb

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:59 am

Florida scored 37 against Tenn

Georgia scored 57.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:01 pm

Florida is ranked #102 in total offense.

Not exactly a juggernaut.

Georgia? Top 20, of course.

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
12:01 pm

So what your point, the Gators are 7-0 and you have 6 wins against teams that are 12-31————————impressive

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:57 am

UGA also put 45 on Vandy, Florida only scored 28.

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

GD

Stats are for losers, I’m being to think you are Sammy, aka Patrick- loser for sure

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

Florida has allowed 2x more sacks than Georgia’s offensive line.

Jones should have a field day.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:06 pm

Gators havn’t faced a real offense, take LSU, 76th in total offense, can’t pass, no balance.

I think UGA won last year against the same defensive players 24-20, right?

Do you have Muschampnesia?

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

Ok Gator Bait-Thomas Brown-Bulldawg, whatever you’re calling yourself today, we know you hate #10 ranked Georgia.

GatorBait 18-4

October 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

Offensive stats mean very little, great SEC teams run the ball and play great defense and special teams. Too bad the dawgs don’t have much of a special team———————–GD

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

For the record, UGA is in the top 20 in the nation in 2nd half scoring defense. And is in the top 10 in 4th quarter scoring defense.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:12 pm

Offensive stats mean very little?

Really?

UGA matches Auburn 2010 in offensive total yards per game, scoring, and scoring defense.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:15 pm

Gillislee is Florida’s only offensive weapon, and he got 67 yards 2 games back, and 34 last game. On about 30+ carries.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:17 pm

Georgia’s special teams are better than Florida’s.

Both average around 85% on field goals, but Georgia has a td on kick return, Florida doesn’t have a td or punt or kick return.

He Hate Gator

October 24th, 2012
12:18 pm

So that Gator D has not improved eh? 224 yards the vaunted Ga offense put against SC, a team not as good defensively as Florida

azdawg

October 24th, 2012
12:19 pm

FL has impressed on special teams w/a special teams coach. Dawgs stink on ST w/no ST coach. Been that way for years. Its baffleing beyond words that CMR hasn’t hired one. Unbelieveable.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

No He Hate Gator-GatorBait-Bulldawg-Thomas Brown, Florida defense hasn’t improved, they’re giving up 2300 yards a game on defense, like they did in 2011, maybe off by 10 yards or so, but yes, same players that Georgia beat up on for 195 yards rushing in 2011.

robodawg

October 24th, 2012
12:23 pm

On paper it shouldn’t be that hard to keep this a low-scoring affair. Just stuff the line and make ‘em beat you throwing the ball. But Florida wins with defense and being opportunistic off turnovers. We’ve got to protect the ball above all else, then win field position and sustain some drives.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

Florida is giving up @300 yards per game on defense in 2011, 2012, pretty much any year. Same ole same ole.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:25 pm

Florida didn’t win in 2011 with turnovers and defense and special teams. Got to have offense. And Florida doesn’t.

He Hate Gator

October 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

“Georgia’s special teams are better than Florida’s”??????????????

Florida has the leading punter in the nation, their punt coverage in 6th in the nation, caused two turnovers to Fla in the last game, made all of their PATs whereas Ga has missed 4 PATs. Even Richt acknowledges Fla strength in special teams “They’ve been fantastic in that area,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “That’s certainly going to be a big challenge for us. We’ve had some successes here and there, but we’ve got to have a big day in the special team area or it’s going to hurt us. There’s no doubt about it.”

robodawg

October 24th, 2012
12:29 pm

We can’t just go out and hire a special teams coach. Florida has a special teams coordinator — a position coach with primary responsibility for special teams as well. I do think we need one of our sideline coaches to be named the coordinator and to make that a greater point of emphasis.

I think it’s nuts we don’t have a single guy who can field punts instead of letting them roll for another 20 yards.

He Hate Gator

October 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

Also, Georgia has a freshman punter in Collin Barber and is last in the Southeastern Conference in net punting at 33.8. How can you even begin to state Ga is better in special teams?

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

Georgia-Florida game 2011:
Rushing, Georgia 185, Florida -19

Same coaches.

Same players on Florida’s defense.

Georgia’s rush game has improved since last year.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

Punting isn’t about “net punting”. It’s about hangtime and pinning teams deep, Barber is excellent at both.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bradbury hasn’t let a single punt roll 20 yards.

St Johns River

October 24th, 2012
12:36 pm

Um, no – not the same coaches. Weis is gone to Kansas, replaced by Pease, and UF has new offensive line coach who has completely changed that unit.

GD

October 24th, 2012
12:37 pm

Didn’t Richt also say:
“We’ve blocked two punts, we had a fake (punt) tried on us and we stopped it, we have had excellent kickoff coverage,” Richt said, adding that the punt team has done well too, despite the statistics, which he said are deceiving. “We’re not allowing big returns. We’re punting the ball high and getting guys under it and getting a lot of fair catches, which is outstanding. We’ve made all but one field goal, two over 50.”