October 27, 2006

It's Dawgs & Gators

What: #25 Georgia (6-2, 3-2) at #8 Florida (6-1, 4-1)
Where: Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
When: Saturday, October 28, 2006, 3:30 p.m.
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson)

The Bulldogs head down to Jacksonville staggering having barely survived the Mississippi State Bulldogs last week. The Gators have won 14 out of the last 16 games between the two teams, but Georgia won in 2004 and lost by only three points last season. The Bulldogs head into Alltel Stadium 13.5-point underdogs to the eighth ranked Florida Gators

Here is how the two teams matchup on both sides of the ball.

GEORGIA OFFENSE vs. FLORIDA DEFENSE

The Bulldogs start freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford (849 passing yds 3 tds, 7 ints) for the fourth time this season. Stafford, who is undefeated as Georgia's starter will attempt to be only the second true freshman quarterback to defeat Florida and only the fourth true freshman to start against the Gators for Georgia.

Stafford passed for 267, two touchdowns, and three interceptions last week in the close 27-24 win over Mississippi State. The Georgia offense turned the ball over five times in the win and they cannot give Florida that many extra opportunities this week if they are to have a shot.

The Georgia offense has turned the ball over on the last three consecutive opening drives of the third quarter in their last three games.

Demiko Goodman (12 rec, 158 yds) will make his first career start at split end in place of the struggling Mohamed Massaquoi who has had a rollercoaster season with the Bulldogs even though he leads the team in receptions (15) and yards (227).

A.J. Bryant (11 rec, 167 yds), Mikey Henderson (4 rec, 24 yds), and Kenneth Harris (11 rec, 214 yds) will also play major roles at receiver Saturday for Georgia. Harris had a career day last week catching four balls for 106 yards off the bench.

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