Published October 25, 2012
No. 3 Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) vs. No. 12 Georgia (6-1, 4-1) at Jacksonville, Fla., 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Line: Florida by 6 ½.
Series Record: Debatable. Florida says Georgia leads 47-40-2. The Bulldogs claim the series is 48-40-2, which includes a 1904 victory in Macon. The Gators insist that doesn't count because they didn't field a varsity team until 1906.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
First place in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. The Gators sit atop the division and can clinch a spot in the SEC title game with a victory. The Bulldogs would take command of the East with a win, likely needing to win remaining league games against Mississippi and Auburn to wrap up the division.
Florida LT Xavier Nixon vs. Georgia LB Jarvis Jones. Nixon struggled last week against South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and now faces Jones, who leads the Bulldogs with 5 ½ sacks. Jones had four sacks in last year's 24-20 win over Florida, most of them against Nixon.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida: CB Loucheiz Purifoy can be found on offense, defense and special teams. The sophomore ranks fourth on the team with 27 tackles and forced a huge fumble on the opening play of last week's win against South Carolina. He also lines up at receiver in some packages and is one of the main gunners on punts and kickoffs.
Georgia: S Shawn Williams leads the team with 51 tackles, and that doesn't include him sacking teammates this week. Williams called out his defensive mates for "playing too soft." The Bulldogs have allowed at least 20 points in five of seven games this season. So Williams may have a valid point, but it wouldn't hurt if he backed up his talk on the field.
FACTS & FIGURES
Florida has won 18 of the last 22 games in the series. ... The Gators are 3-0 against ranked opponents this season, joining Notre Dame as the only teams in the nation with that on their resumes. ... Florida has outscored SEC opponents 57-8 in the third quarter and 51-13 in the fourth, a significant turnaround from last season. ... The Gators are plus-11 in turnover margin this season. Georgia is even. ... In last year's game, Georgia scored two of its three TDs on fourth downs — plays that still haunt the Gators. "It's like you're going to watch a video clip of you getting punched in your face over and over again," defensive end Dominique Easley said. "You're going to get mad every time you watch it." ... Georgia has at least one sack in every game this season. ... Florida coach Will Muschamp graduated from Georgia and played four seasons for the Bulldogs (1991-94), and is now 0-5 as a player and coach in the Florida-Georgia series. ... Georgia's Mark Richt is 3-8 in the rivalry.