coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
On 10/27/2013 07:50 AM in NCAA Football

Georgia Bulldogs at Florida Gators: Preview and Pick

Georgia Bulldogs at Florida Gators: Preview and Pick
The SEC is one of the best conferences in all of college football and they have plenty of great traditions that they bring to the gridiron every year. One of those traditions happens when the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators face off every year. Although the name of the largest outdoor cocktail party has been snubbed by many, it still means that there is one great game on tap for Saturday.

Georgia Bulldogs at Florida Gators Odds

The college football odds for this game will reflect just how evenly matched that these two teams are. They both have identical records in the regular season as well as the SEC East and both are chasing the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Missouri Tigers in the standings. With two popular fan bases and one of the most anticipated games on the week 10 schedule, this game should see plenty of betting action.

If Florida has any chance of winning they need to make some changes. The Gators have continued to regress on offense, as they rank No. 106 in total offense (336.9 yards per game). This comes following consecutive seasons finishing in the bottom 20 nationally in total offense.

With no identity and few playmakers, it has been agonizing for Florida to even gain first downs in recent weeks. UF’s floundering offensive line has allowed 10 sacks in the past the two games, and its rushing attack has averaged a conference-worst 3.70 yards per carry. That could be good news for Georgia.

The college football betting trends for this game reveal some good and bad trends for each team heading into this game. Florida is 5-2 straight up in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Georgia and the Gators are 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 6 games on the road. Overall Florida is 11-4 straight up in its last 15 games when playing Georgia and many of those games have been highs coring as the total has gone over in 4 of Florida's last 6 games when playing Georgia. The Bulldogs are also use to having high scoring games at home where the total has gone over in 5 of Georgia's last 5 games at home and they have an impressive 12-2 straight up record in its last 14 games at home. Finally, the Gators are 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games and Georgia is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.

Georgia Bulldogs at Florida Gators Pick

With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/28/2013 02:46 PM

The Florida Gators football team has had its fair share of struggles this season, on both sides of the ball. Following Florida’s defeat at Missouri, head coach Will Muschamp spoke of the team’s ineptitude, especially on offense.

“We’re inept offensively right now, and we need to make some changes as we move forward,” Muschamp said, following the loss.

As the Gators conclude their second bye week of the season there seems no better time to make a few adjustments. So, what are some of the potential changes Florida could make to get back on track?

- More Kelvin Taylor
It has become clear the past couple of weeks that Taylor is the most talented running back on the Gators’ roster, showing off more burst and speed than either Matt Jones or Mack Brown.

After barely seeing the field early in the season, in the past two games Taylor has combined to carry the ball 22 times for 126 yards and his first career touchdown. Moving forward, Taylor should continue to see more touches as he emerges as one of the best playmaking options for a struggling offense. The only question now in regards to Taylor seems to be why wasn’t he more involved in the offense earlier in the year.

- Less of Moore
In recent weeks, and especially against Missouri, right tackle Tyler Moore has looked completely overmatched. The transfer from Nebraska has looked too slow to stack up against the dominant pass-rushers of the SEC.

If a change is made and Moore is benched, the most likely scenario would be to move starting guard Max Garcia to tackle. Garcia, a transfer from Maryland, started 12 games at tackle for the Terps before transferring to Florida.

Another option would be junior college transfer Trenton Brown. At 6-8, 361 pounds, Brown would certainly provide some help in the run game. Players like redshirt junior Ian Silberman and redshirt sophomore Trip Thurman could be in line for more work at guard if Garcia does in fact move to tackle.

- Add to defensive line rotation
Since the injury to senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley, Florida’s depth along the defensive line has been tested. Things were so bad, that with Damien Jacobs and Ronald Powell out against Missouri, the Gators had only 13 healthy players on defense.

With the run defense struggling of late, allowing 134.8 yards per game in the last four games, the Gators should look to add more players to the defensive line rotation in order to stay fresh at the end of games. Two players who could see more playing time are freshmen Jay-nard Bostwick and Joey Ivie. The two have dressed for every game this season but have yet to see the field. That should change going forward.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/29/2013 02:32 PM

Florida football coach Will Muschamp said on Monday that he will try to improve the Gators’ anemic offense by simplfying it.

Cue the one-liners about simplifying a run-oriented offense that is 109th in the nation in total offense and 101st in scoring offense, numbers in sharp contrast to the Gators’ opponent on Saturday at EverBank Field, the Georgia Bulldogs (3:30 p.m., ABC).

Georgia is tied for 28th in the NCAA in total offense and is 33rd in scoring offense, despite injuries that have devastated their wide receivers and running backs. The Bulldogs have scored 27 or more points in all seven of their games, while the Gators have done that twice. UGA’s 36 points per game is two touchdowns and a two-point conversion better than Florida’s (21.1 points per game).

But the two teams arrive in Jacksonville in the same situation: they’re both 4-3 overall, and 3-2 in the SEC, and both are on two-game losing streaks. The Bulldogs’ problems have been on defense (101st in the country in scoring defense, yielding 33.3 points per game), which may or may not be a tonic for Florida to get some production from quarterback Tyler Murphy and his offensive teammates.

“If you take more off their plate, they’ll play faster,” Muschamp said during a news conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. “That’s really what we need to do at this time.”

A little over a third of the Gator offensive plays have been passes and Murphy was pushed into a difficult situation when starter Jeff Driskel went down for the season against Tennessee with a broken leg.

In an effort to avoid putting the offensive load on a quarterback who had never thrown a college pass until last month, the Gators focused on running the ball -- Muschamp’s professed preference anyway.

But that has become problematic, with injuries on the offensive line and a season-ending injury to running back Matt Jones against LSU.

Murphy, who had an AC strain in his right shoulder and threw the ball in practice on Monday for the first time since the Missouri game on Oct. 19, said simplification might not be the right word. He prefers another.

“When we’re able to show consistency, get the ball in peoples’ hands like Solomon [Patton] in space, usually teams have a tough time tackling our guys in space. I’m going to have to find ways to get the ball out of my hands quickly and get them the ball. We just have to be more consistent. “I guess it’s going to be a little more simple. I mean, it doesn’t seem like we’ve really changed much.”

Patton, who has caught three of Murphy’s modest total of five touchdown passes, said it’s a matter of going back to square one.

“Really [its] probably just sticking to our basic stuff that we started out doing at the beginning of the year,” he said.

One personnel move might mean more than schematic ideas. Muschamp said freshman running back Kelvin Taylor will get more at-bats and likely will get his first start against the Bulldogs.

Taylor is third on the team in rushing with 172 yards, but is averaging 6.1 yards per carry. His playing time has increased in recent games, as he’s shown more of an ability in practice to protect the ball and follow assignments.

Against Missouri, Taylor scored a 20-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to cut the Tigers’ lead to 23-17. Missouri then scored 13 points in the fourth quarter in the 36-17 victory.

“He’s earned it,” Muschamp said of Taylor.

Murphy is pumped about the idea.

“He’s shown that he can do a lot of good things with the ball in his hands,” Murphy said. “The coaches and myself have to find ways to get him the ball so he can create big plays for us. We’re going to need some explosive plays and he’s shown that he has the ability to do that.”

Fullback Hunter Joyer said he sees a difference in Taylor from preseason camp and the early games.

“He looks a little more focused than he did early in the year,” Joyer said. “He understands that we’re kind of relying on him now and he has to grow up and produce for us.”

As a true freshman, Taylor is not permitted to speak to the media as per Muschamp’s policy.

Beyond making the offense more simplistic and trying to get a spark from Taylor, Muschamp said cleaning up pre-snap penalties and other mistakes is a priority.

But he said say the Gators might put the air back in the ball.

“I think we went back and looked at some things in the passing game ... that we identified we feel like we do well,” Muschamp said. “We need to execute better and get our guys playing faster. As a coach you sometimes feel like you’ve got to do a little bit more to change this, change that, and that’s where on both sides of the ball we’ve done a little bit too much at times. Let’s scale back and get our guys playing faster. Because to me this game all comes down to execution. Go execute better than the other guys, that gives you a chance to be successful.”

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/29/2013 02:33 PM

For only the second time since 1980 Florida and Georgia will face off against each other with both teams absent from the top-25 polls. Injuries are the chief reason that the two have stumbled to identical 4-3 (3-2 SEC East) records and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has been newly dubbed the “World’s Largest Outdoor Pity Party” by fans of both schools.

While it’s easy to make jokes from the outside looking in, don’t expect either head coach to use injuries as an excuse for how their teams have performed this season.

“We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “I doubt Florida is feeling sorry for themselves. I think both teams know that with a win you stay in the race for the east. That’s nothing to feel pitiful about.”

Georgia has had a total of 24 players miss time this season, ranging from injured enough to miss practice to season-ending. Georgia was already trying to replace a school record eight players who were selected in last year’s NFL Draft but the injuries have left them relying on younger, less experienced players to fill the void. Georgia has played 14 freshmen this season with seven earning starts.

It’s an issue that Will Muschamp and the Gators have been dealing with as well as the Gators have played 17 freshmen (10 true freshmen) this season.

“Anytime you take a player that’s repped a position or a situation over a long period of time and you introduce something within a game week, it’s difficult,” Muschamp said. “That’s not something you ever want to do, especially if it’s an inexperienced player that hasn’t played a lot. That’s happened to us a couple times.”

A “couple of times” is an understatement. The Gators have lost eight players to season-ending surgery and that’s a list that includes five starters or players who were presumed starters (Andre Debose, Chaz Green) heading into the season.

Both Florida and Georgia have had to adapt and adjust on the fly this season. Richt credited his team’s mentality that has been instilled during his tenure as the reason that the team has been able to stick together through adversity.

“We really have taken pride in having a tremendous team concept at Georgia, a very strong family concept at Georgia and we believe in each other. I believe in our coaches and I believe in our team.” Richt said.

The Dogs and Gators both limp into Jacksonville this Saturday, their razor thing hopes of making it to Atlanta on the line and both teams will make the best of what they have left on injury riddled rosters.

“It’s part of the game,” Muschamp said on Monday. “Injuries are a part of it. You strap up with who you have and you move forward.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/30/2013 11:28 AM

A pair of disappointing SEC Eastern Division rivals meet at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon, as the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Florida Gators.

This marks just the second time since 1980 that both squads come into this matchup unranked. The last time it occurred was in 2010, when Florida won in overtime, 34-31. Even though Georgia has the advantage in the all-time series (48-40-2), the Gators have had the upper hand of late, going 18-5 since 1990.

Georgia, which came into this season with a No. 5 ranking and national championship aspirations, has fallen on hard times and is just 4-3 overall and 3-2 in conference. The Bulldogs have been ravaged by injury, which is part of the reason they have dropped two straight to Missouri (41-26) and Vanderbilt (31-27).

Florida has also been trending in the wrong direction of late, as it too was effectively bounced from the national polls following back-to-back road losses to LSU (17-6) and Missouri (36-17). The Gators have an identical record as the Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2 SEC), and both squads sit a game behind first-place Missouri in the SEC East.

The Bulldogs have taken a tumble due in large part to devastating injuries on the offensive side of the ball, having lost more than half a dozen skill players to long-term ailments. Even with luck not on its side, UGA still has one of the SEC's most potent offenses (36.0 ppg, 475.0 ypg).

The lack of a strong supporting cast has cost Aaron Murray a shot at the Heisman Trophy in this, his senior season, but he has played well nevertheless in completing better than 62 percent of his passes for 1,938 yards with 22 touchdowns (five rushing) paired with only six interceptions. Murray is on the brink of a few treasured SEC records, as he sits just 29 yards behind Tim Tebow for career total offense (12,232 yards) and needs only three touchdown passes to surpass Danny Wuerffel's record of 114.

The offense appears to be in for a huge boost with the probable return of Todd Gurley (450 yards, four TDs), who averaged better than 112 rushing yards per game before going down with an ankle injury against LSU on Sept. 28. J.J. Green (313 yards, TD), who filled in nicely in Gurley's absence, will still earn some touches now that Keith Marshall is out for the season.

With Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley out and Chris Conley listed as doubtful, the most trusted target left for Murray is tight end Arthur Lynch (14 receptions, 212 yards, two TDs). Rantavious Wooten (14 receptions, 174 yards, three TDs) has also seen increased looks in recent weeks.

Georgia's problems run much deeper than its injury woes on offense. The defense has been uncharacteristically bad, as the unit ranks last in the SEC in allowing 33.3 ppg while only forcing seven turnovers in seven games.

Ramik Wilson has racked up a team-high 69 tackles to go with 5.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks. Jordan Jenkins (8.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 15 QB hurries) and Ray Drew (6.0 TFL, 5.0 sacks, eight QB hurries) are top prospects along the defensive line.

Much like Georgia, Florida has been bitten hard by the injury bug on offense with the loss of QB Jeff Driskel, RB Matt Jones, WR Andre Debose and OT Chaz Green for the season, but unlike the Bulldogs, the Gators have not been able to overcome it as they rank 12th in the league in scoring offense (21.1 ppg) and last in total offense (336.9 ypg).

Tyler Murphy has replaced Driskel under center, and while his numbers appear respectable (.627 completions, 814 total yards, seven TDs, two INTs), he accounted for just 207 passing yards, -58 rushing yards and zero scores in the last two losses.

In the absence of Jones, Mack Brown (359 yards, three TDs) will shoulder the rushing load, although he is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry.

Receivers Trey Burton (29 receptions, 336 yards, TD), Solomon Patton (28 receptions, 426 yards, four TDs) and Quinton Dunbar (22 receptions, 301 yards) are all having solid seasons.

Florida's saving grace has been the outstanding play of its defense, which ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense (16.3 ppg) and fourth in total defense (273.1 ypg), although the unit has also dealt with injury issues, with DT Dominique Easley, CB Nick Washington and LB Jeremi Powell done for the year.

Dante Fowler is the top defensive playmaker with 8.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, six QB hurries, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Michael Taylor (41 tackles, two FR), Cody Riggs (29 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks), Vernon Hargreaves III (three INTs) and Brian Poole (two INTs) have also been impressive.

Florida's offense should be able to put some points up against a porous Georgia defense. The X-factor in this one is clearly Gurley for the Bulldogs. If he is able to return and bring the necessary balance back to the offense, figure UGA to get back in the win column.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/31/2013 03:08 PM

The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs will meet Saturday at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field in one of the Southeastern Conference’s greatest rivalries.

Florida has posted 18 wins in the 23 games played since 1990. The Bulldogs have won the last two years in a row in the game that is known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” a moniker that the city of Jacksonville discourages.

Even each team enters the game with 4-3 overall records and identical 3-2 SEC marks, both teams got a lift in their dwindling hopes of an SEC championship after Missouri lost last weekend. But this game is much bigger for Florida coach Will Muschamp than it is for Georgia’s Mark Richt. Muschamp is 0-2 against the Bulldogs, and therein is the problem.

Florida fans take the rivalry seriously and after winning 18 of 21 games between 1990 and 2010 they are not happy about losing the past two years. Muschamp is 22-11 at Florida but has yet to beat Georgia or Miami, although he did get a win last year against Florida State — his record in the biggest Gator rivalry games is 1-4 — so it would be in Muschamp’s best interest to beat Georgia on Saturday. But he knows the Gators will be going against a Georgia team that will welcome tailback Todd Gurley back to the lineup after the stud tailback injured his ankle in the win over LSU.

“Georgia starts with Aaron Murray on offense, four-year starter, very experienced, very accurate with the football. He is having an outstanding year and outstanding career,” said Muschamp. “Todd Gurley’s an explosive runner; you appreciate competing against a guy like him the way he competes when he runs it. He runs it extremely hard.”

“Defensively, they’re young but again, I think they’re very talented. Garrison Smith I think is the only senior they have starting but he’s done a nice job for them inside. Ray Drew’s had a really good year for them at defensive end and you see both (Jordan) Jenkins and (Leonard) Floyd are both guys on the edges that can rush the passer and show a lot of athleticism. (Amarlo) Herrera and (Ramik) Wilson are two experienced backers and (Damien) Swann’s really they only experienced guy they had coming back in the secondary, he’s playing well for them but again a lot of talent on the back end.”

The Gators have had problems taking care of the football against Georgia in the past two meetings. That’s an area Muschamp hopes will improve down the stretch.

“Our last two trips to Jacksonville were minus four in the turnover margin, so you can cut it up however you want to, but we need to take care of the football,” said the Gators’ coach. “Two years ago we had two turnovers inside our 20-yard line that led to 14 points and last year we turned it over 6 times. It’s hard to win any games doing that. So we need to take better care of the football.

“We need to get our guys playing faster, need to get our guys playing with a little bit more confidence in what we’re trying to do. To me it all comes down to execution, we need to execute better in both phases.”

Muschamp has had to deal with injuries to star players such as quarterback Jeff Driskel, tailback Matt Jones, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, offensive tackle Chaz Green and wide receiver/kick returner Andre DeBose. The injuries have led to extensive playing time for rising stars such as quarterback Tyler Murphy and tailback Kelvin Taylor.

“He’s a very talented runner,” Muschamp said of Taylor. “He’s a guy that can certainly do some things in the run game; he’s got great vision and great instincts in the run game. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Kelvin and what he’s doing but again, he’s earned this opportunity.”

If Florida is going to end its two-year losing streak to Georgia, Muschamp realizes that he and his staff have to shake things up.

“I think what we’ve tried to do is just narrow some things down as far as communication is concerned – that’s been an issue with our front especially,” Muschamp said. “So, simply as far as that’s concerned, as far as communication at the line of scrimmage, being able to get to the line of scrimmage. And again, to our offensive staff and to me it all comes back to execution. Let’s go execute what we’re trying to do, there have been too many situations when we aren’t on the same page against Missouri and what we’re trying to do.”

Muschamp has downplayed the importance of winning the game for the sake of his job security instead of for the players and fans.

“For our players and for the Gator Nation, absolutely,” Muschamp said. “But I hate to give you the boring answer, but I don’t approach this one any different from the other ones. It’s a critical game for us obviously being a great rival of the University of Florida, and a great rivalry game, it’s one of the best college football games year in year out to be a part of.

“It’s exciting to be a part of it, but there’s no question where we are in our season. It’s an SEC East opponent and a great rival it’s an important game for us,” he said.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/01/2013 04:11 PM

The Georgia Bulldogs had national championship aspirations coming into the year, but they have fallen on hard times and are just 4-3 overall and 3-2 in conference. The Bulldogs have been ravaged by injury, which is part of the reason they have dropped two straight to Missouri (41-26) and Vanderbilt (31-27). The Bulldogs have lost more than half a dozen skill players to long-term ailments but still they have one of the SEC's most potent offenses, putting up 36.0 ppg and 475.0 ypg on the year.

Aaron Murray continues to lead the offense, completing 62% of his passes for 1938 yards, with 17 Tds and just 6 INTs. The Offense should get a boost with the return of RB Todd Gurley this week. The Bulldog defense has been uncharacteristically bad this year as they rank last in the SEC in points allowed at 33.3 ppg.

The Florida gators enter the game at 4-3 overall and 3-2 with in the SEC. Like the Bulldogs, the Gators have been hit by many offensive injuries, losing QB Jeff Driskell, RB Matt Jones and WR Andre Debose and OT Chaz Green for the season, but unlike the Bulldogs, the Gators have not been able to overcome it as they rank 12th in the league in scoring offense (21.1 ppg) and last in total offense (336.9 ypg). Tyler Murphy has replaced Driskel under center and has struggled of late accounting for just 207 passing yards, -58 rushing yards and zero scores in the last two losses. In the absence of Jones, Mack Brown (359 yards, three TDs) will shoulder the rushing load, although he is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. Florida's saving grace has been the outstanding play of its defense, which ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense (16.3 ppg) and fourth in total defense (273.1 ypg).

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/02/2013 11:21 AM

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