The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Florida Gators, 42-20. The game started out a blowout until the Bulldogs’ offense started to turn the ball over and the Gators made a little bit of a comeback. Late in the third, Georgia Football’s offense sniffed that comeback out of existence with a TD drive of their own, and the game was over within the 10th minute of the fourth quarter.
Stetson Bennett threw for 316 yards on 18 completions. Additionally, he threw for 2 touchdowns. He also threw 2 interceptions, including one that gave the Gators hope that they might come back in this game. One of those touchdowns could have been an interception (or at the very least an incompletion) but Brock Bowers turned it into a touchdown.
Speaking of Bowers, he had 5 receptions for 154 yards. Additionally, the sophomore had one receiving touchdown. The tight end almost had half of the Dawgs receiving yards in this game. The rushing attack for the Bulldogs was solid. Overall, they ran for 239 yards on 40 carries mostly behind Daijun Edwards and Kenny McIntosh.
On the other side, the Florida Gators didn’t seem to want to run the ball in the first half. It cost them as almost all of their drives in the first half were three and outs. The running game got going in the second half and turnovers allowed them to make a little bit of a comeback. Trevor Etienne led the way and ran for 53 yards on 11 carries.
The other part of their running back duo, Montrell Johnson Jr, struggled in this game. Minus an 11-yard run, he averaged around 1.3 yards per carry. Comparatively, Etienne ended up with a solid 3.9 yards per carry if you take away his longest rush of the day.
Quite simply, Georgia Football allowed the Gators to get back into this game. They fumbled the ball on their own side of the field, and Bennett threw an interception on the next drive. The Gators took advantage of this and turned a 28-10 game into a one-possession game. The Bulldogs then unleashed the offense and never looked back.
Georgia Football defeats Florida despite sloppy third quarter
I didn’t expect the Gators to win this game or even make it more competitive than they did. It seemed like Florida was on the right way back after the Utah win at the beginning of the year, and it’s clear now they still have a ways to go.
If this team wants to be bowl eligible, realistically they will need to beat Texas A&M or South Carolina (assuming they beat Vanderbilt, and as of right now I think Florida State is a lot better than the Gators so I pick State to win that one right now). Considering the state of both of those programs after this week, those games are very winnable games.
I would say that Florida will beat A&M, considering how the Aggies have looked in recent weeks. Still I wouldn’t go anything beyond making the Gators the favorite for that one. South Carolina was looking really good going into this week.
A loss against Missouri this week changes that. I’m really not sure who would be the favorite in the Florida-South Carolina game, but the margin between the two teams isn’t that deep. The Gators need to take care of business against Vanderbilt and need to beat a decent SEC team. Florida has the talent to do it, the question is can they do it?
Georgia goes out of this game with a clear picture. The offense has struggled at points (including in the red zone and with turnovers), but the defense is dominant. The Bulldogs’ defense is the best in college football. Facing Tennessee’s offense will be an amazing battle because the Vols have the best offense in the country.
I am really looking forward to this matchup. This game will have massive consequences for the playoff. Assuming they win out the rest of the regular season, the team that wins this game will be the best team in the country going into conference title week.
While they will need to win the title game to automatically clinch a playoff spot, you certainly have a great case for the playoff even if you lose the SEC title game.
This will be a game that will be highlighted by Tennessee’s offense vs Georgia Football’s defense. The question will be can the Bulldogs’ defense show who Hendon Hooker and the Vols offense who’s boss?