It’s finally here. One of the most exciting times of the year for Georgia fans is the days leading up to the annual rivalry game against Florida in Jacksonville. Not only will this game have all the makings of a classic Dawgs-Gators clash, but it will have major implications for the race in the SEC East. After being embarrassed by LSU in its last game, will Georgia show up to this game against Florida and take firm control of the SEC East?
As we saw in 2017, the Dawgs responded to a blowout loss by going on a six-week tear that ended up with the team playing for the national championship. If Georgia wants to have similar postseason aspirations this season, a win over Florida is a must. Athens, Georgia was definitely shaken to its core after the loss to LSU which left many wondering if this year’s Georgia team is good but not great.
We will find where the team’s mind is in the first five minutes against Florida on Saturday. Georgia’s mental toughness will certainly be tested in a neutral environment against a top-10 opponent in Florida. The good news is that Georgia still controls its own destiny in the SEC East. To clinch the East, the Dawgs have to beat Florida this week and Kentucky next week. That’s not an easy task but at least Georgia doesn’t have to rely on any other teams to get back to Atlanta for a possible rematch with Alabama.
Here’s a stat that might surprise you: not only is Georgia the youngest team in the SEC, but the Dawgs have one of the youngest squads in the entire FBS. After losing a ton of talent to the NFL and graduation last season, an overwhelming majority of Georgia’s players are freshmen and sophomores. The good news? Georgia is still a top-10 team despite that youth and that sets up Georgia nicely for the near future. The bad news? With youth comes inexperience which can really hurt teams in big games like the one coming up this weekend against Florida.
Will the Dawgs show up against Florida? History tells us yes. Kirby Smart has been great at getting his team to respond to losses. But the Dawgs can’t rely on history this weekend. Florida may be overrated but the Gators can beat Georgia. And if the Dawgs play like they did against LSU, good luck beating anyone in the SEC. The Georgia-Florida rivalry is back. Saturday should be fun.
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