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Tuesday October 23, 2012Countdown to Kickoff: Florida vs. Georgia Game Notes

No. 3/3 Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) and No. 12/11 Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville. For the third time in four weeks, UF will kick off at 3:30 p.m. with a national telecast on CBS.

 

The Gators will be facing their fourth ranked opponent of the season having already won at Tennessee and defeated LSU and South Carolina in the Swamp.

 

UF has outscored opponents by a 184-71 margin in SEC play, including 57-8 in the 3rd quarter and 51-13 in the 4th quarter.

 

Florida and Notre Dame are the only schools in the country with three wins over ranked opponents. The Gators are the only team with two top-10 wins this season.

 

UF is coming off of a 44-11 win over No. 9/8 South Carolina, setting up a chance to clinch the SEC East this weekend in Jacksonville. If Florida wins, they will clinch a spot in the SEC Championship game, guaranteeing at worst a 7-1 record in the SEC.

 

Georgia traveled to Lexington last weekend and beat Kentucky, 29-24. The Bulldogs trailed three times in the game but used four touchdown passes from Aaron Murray to hold off the Wildcats.

 

The series between Florida and Georgia dates back to 1915 and the Bulldogs hold a 47-40-2 all-time advantage. In Jacksonville, UGA holds a 41-37-1 lead in the series over the Gators. Although Georgia leads the overall series, UF has been dominant in recent history. Since 1990, Florida is 18-4 against UGA, including a 7-3 mark in the last 10 meetings.

 

There is a discrepancy between the two schools in the series record. Georgia claims a victory in 1904, but Florida football did not compete at the varsity level until the 1906 season.

 

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 2-1 against UGA.

 

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