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Saturday Selections: Florida-Georgia thread


(Courtesy @gatozonenews)

A tease to my "SURVIVOR" advance...

"GAINESVILLE -- The forecasted weather for Saturday’s Georgia-Florida matchup in Jacksonville is particularly apropos for two struggling, depleted and disappointed teams.    

The Gators (4-3, 3-2 SEC) and Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2) meet at EverBank Field at 3:30 p.m. (CBS) on a likely gloomy, windy and rainy afternoon.

Only a monsoon could make this usually-storied game -- dubbed this season as “The World’s Largest Infirmary” -- any uglier.

Both bitter rivals are mired in two-game losing streaks and have been ravaged by a combined 14 key season-ending injuries.

Although South Carolina’s overtime win over Missouri gave the two schools long shot hopes to still reach Atlanta, the SEC East carrot is more like a Tolkien fantasy at this point.

“The reason this game means so much is because it means so little,” CBS analyst Gary Danielson said. 

Georgia and Florida opened the season in the top 10, but now both are unranked and meet with major question marks moving forward.  

The Bulldogs, who lost at Vanderbilt for the first time in 22 years, have been slowed by a decimated offense and a young, inexperienced defense yet to play a complete game.

Meanwhile, Florida’s woeful offense continues to scramble to find any positive momentum, while its once-dominant defense suddenly cannot stop the run without star tackle Dominique Easley." 

The Saturday Selections... 


Scoreboard: 29-20-2 ATS, 3-4 selecting Florida games

This week's six-pack:

South Carolina (-12) vs. Mississippi State 

Auburn (-7.5) at Arkansas 

Florida State (-21.5) vs. Miami 

Michigan State (-4) vs. Michigan 

Wisconsin (-9) at Iowa

I'll update the blog later this afternoon with my Cocktail Party pick and lots of pregame news and notes. For now, enjoy the early games y'all. 

... Georgia (-2) vs. Florida. The Dawgs have Todd Gurley. The Gators don't. It should be a close, meat-grinder ballgame (although the weather is better than anticipated), but I'm going with the team with the game's best player. If he hurts his ankle again though...

***** UPDATE *****

* Junior linebacker/defensive end Ronald Powell (ankle) was working out under the watchful eye of defensive coordiator D.J. Durkin in pregame. On Wednesday, Muschamp said he expected Powell, who missed the Missouri game, to play. 

* UF field goal kickers -- backup Austin Hardin, mostly -- struggled during pregame.  

* Sugar Bowl reps are in the house... I don't know why either. Also Chick-fil-A, Gator bowl guys here too. 

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Hey Jesse, cant wait to see the math to figure how the gatah can make the sec cg.
Gators irrelevant the last 3 of 4 years, par for the course, mediocrity becomes them.
Of course the biggest game of the weekend is the ACC, ACC, ACC.

Canes irrelevant for the last 10 years, and will be again very soon. Enjoy the beat down cane fans I know I will!

I'll bet you will gatorlum....your team cant win and you turn and pull for the next ACC team that is gonna beat U in your own house...lmao. dont think for a minute they aren't gonna dismantle ufelons. 7-1 baby > 4-4...thats a big difference....

HaHHaHaHaHaHaHaHaaaaaaaaa! I guess you should've been 27 pt underdogs! Newsflash Sid the canes would be 4-4 too if they played a schedule worth a damn! Yes they are going to destroy us, because you know what? Unlike cane fans, we've accepted the fact that our team sucks. That tends to happen when you lose 5 starters to season ending injuries. Can't do nothing about that. Unfortunately for you the canes just suck. The good thing for you, so does your schedule.

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