The matchup formerly known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is upon us this Saturday when the No. 8 Florida Gators (3-1, 3-1 SEC) battle the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (4-1, 4-1) in Southeastern Conference play. The winner of the rivalry matchup will be in the driver’s seat in the SEC East division and chance to play for the SEC title in Atlanta.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern at TIAA Bank Stadium in its annual neutral location of Jacksonville. In Florida Gators at Georgia Bulldogs betting, oddsmakers list Georgia as a 3.5-point favorite.
Florida Gators at Georgia Bulldogs Betting – Gators Showing Teeth
After two weeks off, the Florida Gators took care of business last Saturday at home in a 41-17 victory over the Missouri Tigers. The Gators were missing three pieces in their secondary, as well as their starter kicker, but all are expected to be back to face the Bulldogs.
Kyle Trask has been lights out this season in his first year as a bonafide starting quarterback. Trask has now thrown 18 touchdowns through four games, which is a conference record, while his four-straight game of tossing at least four touchdowns is a first in the program’s history.
Florida’s Kyle Pitts is arguably the nation’s top receiving tight end and a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Pitts caught four passes for 78 yards against the Bulldogs last season and expect head coach Dan Mullen to continue to find ways to get Pitts the ball on Saturday.
Another offensive bright spot has been the emergence of Kadarius Toney as a polished route runner. Toney has found the endzone four times over the last two games as in a highlight reel with the ball in his hands.
Before the postponement in play for the Gators, the defense was underachieving and one of the worst units in the nation. The return of Kyree Campbell to the defensive line proved bountiful Saturday, with the defense putting up its best performance of the season.
A halftime scrum will keep starting defensive lineman Zach Carter and reserve Antwuan Powell out for the first half Saturday.
Florida Gators at Georgia Bulldogs Betting – Bulldog Ball Hogs
The Bulldogs came away with a victory over Kentucky on Saturday in an underwhelming performance by the offense. Georgia’s defense held the Wildcats to just three points but suffered a handful of injuries to key starters.
Stetson Bennett was not expected to see the field much this season, but this is 2020, and anything is possible. The junior college transfer took over midway through the Bulldogs’ season opener and performed well enough to keep the job.
Look for the Bulldogs to continue to pound the ball with Zamir White, Kendall Milton, and James Cook while using play-action to find leading receiver Kearis Jackson downfield. Star wide receiver George Pickens did not play against the Wildcats, and his status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.
Star safety Richard LeCounte won’t play against the Gators after being involved in a motorcycle accident once back in Athens Saturday night. The Bulldogs are also expected to be without starting defensive lineman Julian Rochester.
Even with the losses on the defensive side of the ball, Georgia will be the toughest test the Gators will face defensively so far this season. The Bulldogs are holding opponents to just 16.2 points per game.
Florida Gators at Georgia Bulldogs Betting – The Pick is In
This is the year if Dan Mullen wants to get his first victory over the Bulldogs as head coach of the Gators. Georgia is banged up on defense, and the offense is without stars like D’Andre Swift and Isaac Nauta. This will come down to Florida’s ability to stop the run and Georgia’s stout defense against Trask and the Gators’ passing attack.
The Pick: Florida +3.5