Georgia (5-2, 3-2) at Florida (6-1, 4-1)
When: Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Time: 3:30 ET | TV: CBS
First place in the SEC East is on the line in the annual Georgia vs Florida game in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs will make a change at quarterback this week, staring junior Faton Bauta, replacing Greyson Lambert. This will be Bauta’s first every start and it comes in a do-or-die game for Georgia. Bauta, who is the holder on extra points, has only thrown 5 passes in his Bulldogs career. A win by Georgia would mean that they can go to the SEC title game with wins over Kentucky and Auburn to close the season. Running back Sony Michel has made the most of his chances with Nick Chubb lost for the season with a knee injury, carrying a career-high 26 times for 87 yards against Missouri after recording 188 all-purpose yards the previous week against Tennessee. Without Chubb the Bulldogs still rank 22nd in the country with 215 yards rushing a game. They’ll be tested against Florida’s good rushing defense. Malcolm Mitchell is the Bulldog’s only threat at wide receiver. He has 35 catches for 505 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season. The next closest receiver has 17 grabs.
Like Georgia, the Florida Gators are coming off a bye week after suffering their first loss of the season 35-28 to LSU. The Gators still control their own destiny in the East. With a win today, they’ll only need to beat Vanderbilt or South Carolina to play for the SEC Championship. Quarterback Treon Harris took over the starting position in place of the suspended Will Grier in the Gators’ loss at LSU, passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 20 yards. He’s completing 61% of his passes this season and has yet to throw an interception. The Gators rushing attack is led by Kelvin Taylor who has 508 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season but was limited to just 25 yards on 15 carries against LSU. Florida’s offensive attack is tight-end heavy as C’yontai Lewis, Jake McGee and DeAndre Goolsby have combined for six touchdown receptions and 39 catches overall for 464 yards. The Gators boast the 17th best defense overall in FBS and are 21st against the run, which will by key today.
The Gators are playing much better this year and the defense might feast on the inexperienced Bauta. I like the Gators a lot in this game.
Pick: Florida -2