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Wednesday October 26, 2011Game Notes: Gators Prepare For Annual Tilt With Georgia In Jacksonville

For the first time in the history of the series, both the Florida Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC) and Georgia Bulldogs (5-2, 4-1 SEC) enjoyed a much needed bye week before heading to Jacksonville, Fla., for the annual meeting between the two Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rivals.


The series between Florida and Georgia dates back to 1915 and the Bulldogs hold a 46-40-2 all-time advantage. In Jacksonville, UGA holds a 40-37-1 lead in the series over the Gators. Although Georgia leads the overall series, UF has been dominant in recent history. Since 1990, Florida is 18-3 against UGA, including an 8-2 mark in the last 10 meetings.


Head coach Will Muschamp is very familiar with the Florida-Georgia tradition, having played at UGA from 1991-94 and also facing Georgia numerous times as an assistant coach. While at Auburn (1995-96 as G.A.; 2006-07 as Def. Coordinator), Muschamp had a 1-3 record against the Bulldogs and as the def. coordinator at LSU he was 1-1 against UGA.


This week’s game will mark the fourth in a row for Florida against a team ranked in the AP Top 25 poll. UF has faced No. 3 Alabama, No. 1 LSU and No. 24 Auburn and Georgia ranks No. 22 in the current poll. The last time that Florida faced four ranked teams in consecutive games during the regular season was in 1971 and it went 1-3 in those games. During the 2001 season, the Gators played three ranked opponents to end the season and faced a ranked opponent in their bowl game.


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