MC Wale Previews Florida - Georgia

  • by Wale Olaogun
  • October 30, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, FL - It is that time of the year again: the RV's are pulling into Jacksonville, the trash talk over the airwaves and social media has started, and the invitations to tailgate parties are being shared as the entire city preps itself for one of the most exciting weekends in Jacksonville. The Florida-Georgia game, also known as the World's Largest Cocktail Party, is always a good time, although there seems to be a little less luster on this year's matchup due to the status of the two teams at this point of the season.

The Florida Gators (4-3) and the Georgia Bulldogs (4-3) both entered this season with their eyes focused on Atlanta and the SEC championship. Both teams have very slim chances of making that goal a reality with both teams having two losses in the conference. Georgia specifically has been dealing with a ton of injuries on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Georgia is expected to have running back Todd Gurley, which should help quarterback Aaron Murray and their 25th ranked passing attack balance out the rest of their offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gators have also been dealing with a ton of injuries, especially ones of the long-term variety. The Gators already lost QB Jeff Driskell, defensive end Dominique Easley, wide receiver Quinton Dunbar and just recently linebacker Jeremi Powell for the season. Backup QB Tyler Murphy has struggled a bit the past few weeks with a shoulder injury , but he's expected to throw and start this week. Freshman RB Kelvin Taylor will be getting the start this week, the offense hopefully getting some sort of offensive spark from him.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp has a lot of pressure on him this week. He's 22-11 in 3 seasons at Florida, but his offense has been towards the bottom of the NCAA for the past three season,  causing some of the fan base to question if he's the right guy for the job. Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt has also come under fire, although the general belief is that he has a pass due to all of the injuries that squad has faced thus far this season. The impact of this game may end up determining not only the direction these two teams are heading, but also the future of at least one of these coaches.

Who's going to win? Although Florida's defense is stout and finally healthy, the Bulldog offense will probably make a few big plays and knowing the the Gator offense is just so anemic, I expect the Bulldogs to win this one 24-13. But these teams are playing for pride and for who's the most intoxicated, so does it really matter? Yeah, yeah it does.

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