Week 9/ October 28, 2006 / Jacksonville, FL (Alltel Stadium)
#25 Georgia (6-2, 3-2) at #8 Florida (6-1, 4-1)
The Georgia Bulldogs almost lost their third straight game to Mississippi State last week holding on for a 27-24 win. The Bulldogs will face one of their biggest challenges as they travel to Jacksonville to face the Florida Gators.
The Gators have won 14 out of 16 games over the Bulldogs and Georgia will turn to freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford to change the trend.
Junior kicker Andy Bailey struggled in the Mississippi State game and senior punter Gordon Ely-Kelso began working as the backup to Bailey in case he continues to struggle.
The Bulldog defense has struggled to stop opponents in the last three games against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State. Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and the defense will have starting cornerback Ramarcus Brown back in the lineup following a leg injury that kept him out of the Mississippi State contest.
Georgia passing attack vs. the Gator defense- Matthew Stafford and the Georgia receivers had their share of problems against Mississippi State and Georgia will need to avoid turnovers against Florida. The Gators have eleven interceptions this season and Stafford has thrown seven.
Georgia's rushing attack vs. the Gators run defense- Georgia has not established the type of running game, coach Richt is used to this season and the Gators have one of the best rush defenses in the nation. The Gators allow on 67.7 yards rushing per game and they have allowed only one rushing touchdown. Georgia's tailbacks Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware, plus fullback Brannan Southerland will have to find a way to run on their defense in order for Georgia to be successful.
The Georgia's defense vs. the Gator offense- Urban Meyer's spread offense relies on mismatches and heavy substitutions. They average 157.7 yards rushing per game between four main ball carriers. Georgia has struggled to stop the run in several games, but they are allowing only 97 yards per game. Senior quarterback Chris Leak has 1503 yards passing and 15 touchdowns this season in just seven games. The Georgia secondary will be on the field often as Florida runs three and four receiver sets during the game.
The weather in Alltel Stadium at kickoff was windy and 69 degrees. The Bulldogs are looking to bounce back from their slump against the Gators.
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