Who wins Georgia-Florida? The answer, my friend, may be blowing in the wind

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –Greetings from the closed-in press box at EverBank Field. And I’m glad it’s closed it here.

It’s not raining and it’s certainly very pleasant outside. About 71 degrees last time I checked. But the wind we’ve all been writing about since I’ve been here is certainly present and accounted for. They’re blowing pretty constantly at about 19 miles an hour and gusting up to about 24 or 25. That said, here inside the stadium, which these days is completely bowled in, it doesn’t appear too bad. The skinny flags atop the uprights of the goal posts aren’t being blown crazy. Of course the ones across the to[ of the stadium are being blown straight. They’re blowing southeasterly, toward the end zone that has “Florida” painted in it.

Not trying to be Glenn Burns. I’m just sharing all this to let you know the winds are probably play a big part in this game. What I see now doesn’t make me think it’ll be a big factor in the passing game. But it’s definitely going to be a factor in the kicking game. Florida already has a big advantage in that area, with punter Kyle Christy and place-kicker Caleb Sturgis. But as I joked to another colleague while ago, maybe the wind will blow the point-after attempts of Georgia’s Marshall Morgan through the uprights rather than into them.

Following are some things to look for in today’s game:

THREE STORY LINES

1. What will be the “Shawn Williams Effect”? Georgia senior safety Shawn Williams infamously called out the Bulldogs’ defense and a couple of specific defenders this week when he said they were “playing too soft” and not playing as hard as they were last season, when Georgia finished fifth in nation in total defense. Whether Williams’ statements are a symptom or a cure will be determined how the Bulldogs do against the Gators’ one-dimensional offense, which runs 70 percent of the time.

2. What about the “Hurricane Sandy Effect”? The good news is Hurricane Sandy is tracking well off the Florida coast and deep into the Atlantic Ocean after wreaking havoc in the Caribbean Sea. The bad news is the storm widened, and winds and rain are expected to be felt in Jacksonville. According to weather.com, there is a 30 percent chance of rain, and winds are expected to be in excess of 20 mph. Coach Mark Richt, whose team is known to throw the ball down the field quite a bit, believes the wind will be more of an issue than any precipitation.

3. Can the Dogs hang in on special teams? The Gators are good in all areas of play, but are particularly dominant in special-teams play. Florida’s Kyle Christy leads the nation in punting (47.9 yards) and Caleb Sturgis is 12-of-14 on field goals. Florida’s Andre Debose is one of the SEC’s better return men. Georgia, which has struggled in all phases of special-teams play, must fight for at least a push in this area to hope to win.

A WIN FOR GEORGIA . . .

Would give it two consecutive victories over Florida for the first time since 1989

A WIN FOR FLORIDA . . .

Would be its 19th in the past 23 seasons over Georgia and clinch the SEC East title

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Georgia’s offensive line vs. Florida’s defensive front. Florida’s defense features a formidable front led by tackle Sharrif Floyd, end Dominique Easley and nose guard Omar Hunter, and they’re bent on stuffing the run. But they’re not great pass rushers, and the Bulldogs should be able to protect better than they did against South Carolina. They’ll need to.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK

“Happy bday to the guy that keeps me upright and jersey clean @KenGates72”

— QB Aaron Murray (aka @aaronmurray11) to OT Kenarious Gates

“@SacManJones_29 it’s our time bra you got the juice.”

— SS Shawn Williams (aka @36SLY36) to teammate Jarvis Jones

27 comments Add your comment

LoveUGA

October 27th, 2012
2:17 pm

Way to dog your team in the home state’s newspaper, Chip. You probably vote for Obama too.

Columbia SC Dawg

October 27th, 2012
2:22 pm

Maybe a miracle will unfold for the Dogs.

NewnanDawg

October 27th, 2012
2:32 pm

@LoveUGA, Except Chip didn’t write the prediction part. Anyways, Go Dawgs! Show Florida why this is a rivalry!

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JUNKYARD DAWG

October 27th, 2012
2:35 pm

IT’S TIME FOR THE BIG DAWG TO EAT GET SoooooooEM GATOR MEAT!

Outer Banks Dawg

October 27th, 2012
2:41 pm

I bet Florida tries to go deep on the first play they run from scrimmage.

Outer Banks Dawg

October 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

All the talk of their run game, I bet they come out throwing it to take advantage of Georgia’s over-aggressiveness… Then they will try to pound it. I might be totally wrong with the wind like it is.

ARdawg

October 27th, 2012
2:49 pm

Chip!

What are the field conditions? Wet/dry?

Jaxbulldawg

October 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

I’m afraid the dawgs are going to get ate up!!!!!!!!

Scott

October 27th, 2012
4:50 pm

UGA has the edge in the “most overrated quarterback” category…

steven a smith

October 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

Aaron Murray should not start for the remainder of this seaon. This is a disservice to the players, disservice to the fans, and a disservice to college football. Any other warm body on Georgias’ bench should start at QB for the remainder of the season!!!

Scott

October 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

I say we give LeMay a shot… He cant complete many more to the bad guys than Murray does…

steven a smith

October 27th, 2012
5:12 pm

Scott

October 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

Agree in a major way. Murrays poor play kills the moral of an entire football team.

Scott

October 27th, 2012
5:14 pm

This quarterback gives us ZERO chance in a big game. We need to stick with the run and hope for the best. He cannot play in a big game!

I cannot overstate my distaste for this freakin guy at the controls.

steven a smith

October 27th, 2012
5:15 pm

“kills the morale of an entire football team when your QB plays poorly” It sucks the life out of everyone.

steven a smith

October 27th, 2012
5:20 pm

I do not understand why no other QB

steven a smith

October 27th, 2012
5:21 pm

Alec Ogletree has’nt helped much in big games either.

GB"s Hamburgers

October 27th, 2012
5:47 pm

It’s halftime. The defense came to play but old unsolved problems have surfaced. The lack of discipline is resulting in needless penalties. Trash talking, pushing shoving, unsportsmenship, and miscellaneous penalties are killing the effort. Then Murray is again predictably bad in a big game. But he’s all there is … no other quarterback has been prepared. So it’s another ugly UGA game. Just happens that Fla is playing ugly too …. but it’s likely they will fix their problems. We will not.

Dawg ette

October 27th, 2012
6:11 pm

Murray=Gator MVP

Rick James

October 27th, 2012
6:24 pm

Best of luck Marcus Lattimore..We’ll see you back in 2013

Bwkdawg

October 27th, 2012
7:25 pm

Will muschamp Is a DGD

otn dawg

October 27th, 2012
7:28 pm

where the gators at now chumps let the BIG DAWG eat

otn dawg

October 27th, 2012
7:30 pm

Thoughts and prayers go out to Marcus Lattimore one hell of a player

Pazian

October 27th, 2012
7:43 pm

All the haters can kiss my a**… it’s not over until its over. Jarvis Jones for President!! :)

umyboyBLUE17

October 28th, 2012
12:23 am

How did that Tech game turn out ?

lamar thomason

October 28th, 2012
8:12 am

murray does not know what an open receiver looks like. ga. defence won the game in spite of murray.all ga. offence did was jawjack and run their mouthes.the player that got 30 yds. of penaltys for running his mouth should be benched the rest of the season.replace murray as quarter back and give ga. a chance this year.

older dawg

October 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

let’s answer your 3 questions:
1. game was an ugly affair but Sandy was no Problem,
2. Shawn Williams didn’t say anything that shouldn’t have been said earlier by the coaching staff
3.SPECIAL TEAMS SET A TONE ON THE FIRST KICK-OFF WITH A MAGNIFICENT TACKLE
AND CAUGHT THE ATTENTION ON BOTH SIDELINES AND RESPONDED ACCORDINGLY
covered kick-offs when I was in college and it’s the purest of a rush and the closest to riding lightening that you can imagine careers at that position aren’t long lived but they are fun
somewhere in heaven Erk just told Lewis G what a great day it was in Jacksonville and lit his CIGAR
Cause ain’t Nothing Better than being a Bulldawg on a Saturday night