The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs meet in the Game of the Week in the SEC. It’s not just the Game of the Week in the SEC, but you can say the same for college football this weekend. Florida and Georgia is the most anticipated ballgame. If there’s only one game to watch on Saturday, it has to be Florida and Georgia in Jacksonville.
Note that this game will be played on a neutral field at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This rivalry series was known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and I think a lot of people still refer it to as that. Organizers have since tried to dub it the River City Showdown. It hasn’t exactly caught on.
In any event, Florida and Georgia is always a pretty big rivalry game, and this year promises to be a thriller. Florida heads into this one with a record of 3-1 with a loss against Texas A&M, and wins over Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Missouri. The loss against the Aggies was a nail biter, with Florida getting cut down by a score of 41-38. Kyle Trask was unable to win the shootout, but isn’t at fault for the loss.
The implications of this game are huge. Whoever wins may end up being awarded the SEC East. Florida and Georgia are by far the best teams in the division, so that’s not going out on a limb. Either team is going to be seeing Alabama in the SEC Championship. With Alabama already beating Georgia comfortably, I’d rather see what Kyle Trask and the Gators can do versus the Crimson Tide.
I think his arm gives Florida a better chance to beat Alabama. Somebody has to be in the saddle to keep up with Mac Jones, and Trask might be that guy. First thing is first, though, and Florida must focus on getting to the SEC Championship. A win on Saturday would be a big move in getting there. The Georgia defense isn’t going to go away quietly, though. Head below for our free Florida vs. Georgia pick for November 7, 2020.
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Kyle Trask has been named in the Heisman discussion for 2020. I don’t think he’s going to have what it takes to bypass Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, and even Zach Wilson of BYU, but it’s nevertheless a strong season for Trask. He’s put himself on the NFL map and that’s the most important thing.
Trask has passed for 18 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 68.3% completions. He showed great progress in 2019 as a junior and everything has been coming together for him well. Trask threw 25 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 66.9% completions last year.
Trask has led the Gators to 476.5 yards and 42 points per game. It took them a minute to get warmed up last week against Missouri. Their team was sidelined for weeks because of a coronavirus outbreak, so they had to shake off some rust. When Florida got going, there was no slowing them down, though.
After scoring just 6 points in the first quarter, the Gators rolled Mizzou up for 36 more points in a 41-17 win. I’ve been skeptical about their defense so far this season, but they looked really good against a fairly capable Missouri offense. Connor Bazelak was limited to 208 yards passing and no touchdowns.
Most impressive was their defense against Larry Rountree on the ground. Rountree managed to gain just 36 yards on 2.6 yards per carry. Rountree is an NFL prospect, so that was no easy chore. I think the extra time off because of the coronavirus might have helped their defense, while the offense needed a quarter to warm up.
Georgia will throw a quality defense at Trask and Florida in this one. However, Alabama, the only really good offense they’ve faced, lit them up for 44 points. And my confidence level with Stetson Bennett is not high. Bennett is coming off a poor showing against the Kentucky Wildcats.
He passed for 131 yards with 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. The junior has passed for 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 58.4% completions. If Trask finds a rhythm, I’m not confident in Bennett keeping up through the air. I will give the Gators a slight edge on Saturday in Jacksonville.