Displayed on the sports front this morning: MO-MENTOUS OCCASION: Momentum and motivation could decide Florida vs. Georgia
Gators defense healthy for Georgia game, by wunderkind Mike-Mike McCall.
Breaking down the end-zone celebration, by St. Pete Times writer Antonya English
The UF men's basketball team is ranked No.19 in the preseason coaches' poll. CLICK ME! UF was unranked in last season's preseason coaches' poll.
One of my favorite college football writers, Ray Glier, on UF vs. UGA. CLICK ME!
GAINESVILLE -- This post to balance today's article on momentum and motivation. Because statistics are important, or in the words of UF coach Urban Meyer, only losers say stats don't matter.
6 The number of turnovers allowed by UF this season, tied with UNLV and Central Michigan for the lowest total in the nation. UF's plus-10 turnover margin is tied for third nationally. UF turned the ball over (fumbles) twice last season against UF. Does Kestahn Moore get a carry on Saturday?
5 The number of times No.5 Florida (6-1, 4-1 in SEC) and No.8 Georgia (7-1, 4-1) have both been ranked in the AP Top 10 for this rivalry game. The other four years: 1976, 1983, 1984 and 1999. Georgia won the first two match-ups of top 10 teams. Florida won in '84 and '99. Saturday's game is the 31st time in series history Florida has faced a ranked Georgia squad. UF is 12-17-1 in those games but has won eight of the last 10 meetings against ranked UGA teams.
78 The number of points Florida has scored during fourth quarters this season. According to UF, no other UF team has scored more during the final period of games through seven games. Will UF run it up against UGA?
6 The number of points UF is favored by against UGA as of noon Thursday, according to one offshore sports book.
31 The number of points UGA allowed against Alabama earlier this season before getting on the scoreboard.
9 The number of underclassmen currently starting for the UF defense. Florida is currently the only defense in the SEC that does not start a senior on defense. UGA starts four underclassmen on defense and three seniors.
75 The number of yards UGA running back Knowshon Moreno needs to reach 1,000 yards rushing this season. Will he reach 1,000 against UF? Moreno rushed for 188 yards against UF in 2007.
TEBOW VS. STAFFORD
36 The number of career rushing touchdowns for UF quarterback Tim Tebow entering Saturday's game. One more and he's UF's all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns. (Tebow is currently tied with Emmitt Smith for the school record.) In other words, Sir Timmy only needs 13 more rushing touchdowns in his career to tie UGA all-time great Herschel Walker, considered one of the greatest college running backs of all time. Walker's career rushing touchdown total of 49 is a Southeastern Conference record. Will Tebow pass Walker if Tebow returns to UF for his senior season?
A side note here, directed to the UGA sports information staff: This season's UGA media guide incorrectly states that former Bulldogs running back Garrison Hearst holds the SEC record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 19. Tebow rushed for 23 in 2007.
0.2 The difference between UGA quarterback Matt Stafford's yards per completion, compared to UF quarterback Tim Tebow this season. Many critics believe UGA quarterback Matt Stafford is a better passer than Tebow. Stafford is a better downfield passer, according to some. Well, according to this season's stats, it's a pretty weak argument. Stafford is averaging 13.8 yards per completion while Tebow is averaging 13.6.
10 The number separating UGA quarterback Matt Stafford's career passing touchdowns (38) and career interceptions (28). Stafford tossed a career-high three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 42-30 win against UF in 2007.
40 The number separating UF quarterback Tim Tebow's career passing touchdowns (49) and career interceptions (nine).