The Georgia Bulldogs ran for 292 yards — 137 from Sony Michel — as they routed the Florida Gators, 42-7, on a day full of rumors and talk about the future of Jim McElwain as Florida head coach.
The lopsided loss certainly didn’t help McElwain’s cause.
Q4, 2:42,Georgia 42, Florida 7
Graduate transfer Malik Zaire took over at quarterback in the fourth quarter after Feleipe Franks finished with 30 passing yards, 5 sacks and an interception.
After a 3-and-out on his first series, Zaire led the Gators on a nine-play, 71-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from Mark Thompson.
Q4, 11:22,Georgia 42, Florida 0
Some offensive numbers on Florida after another Johnny Townsend punt. The Gators have more penalties (11) than they do first downs (10) and completions (7).
Georgia, meanwhile, is now up 42-0 after a 39-yard TD run Elijah Holyfield.
Q3, 5:21: Georgia 35, Florida 0
Following the interception by Jake Fromm, the Bulldogs leaned on their ground game and it resulted in another touchdown drive.
Sony Michel put UGA up by four scores with a 45-yard TD run. Three plays later, Florida QB Feleipe Franks was sacked by blitzing CB McGhee and fumbled at the 4-yard line. The Bulldogs recovered the ball and returned it for TD to extend their lead to 35-0.
Q3, 9:03: Georgia 21, Florida 0
Georgia started the second half with the ball, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to build on their three-touchdown lead. Florida senior defensive back Duke Dawson picked off UGA quarterback Jake Fromm and gave the Gators a golden opportunity to score points.
But the ensuing series ended with another failed fourth-down attempt. Quarterback Feleipe Franks took an end-zone shot to tight end DeAndre Goolsby, but he dropped the ball and was called for offensive pass interference on the play.
Halftime: Georgia 21, Florida 0
Florida at least stemmed the bleeding in a scoreless second quarter, but that doesn’t make this first half any less disappointing or deflating.
Georgia had held five of its first seven opponents to fewer than 70 rushing yards. The Gators managed 118 on the ground in the first half, led by 71 yards on 10 carries from Lamical Perine, but as usual they’ve gotten no help whatsoever from the passing attack.
Same offense, same flaws, different week.
QB Feleipe Franks completed 6 of 15 passes for 25 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. He got saved on a potential pick-6 when he was ruled in the grasp and simply given a sack despite throwing the ball in desperation right to the Bulldogs.
Franks has been the same limited QB he’s been all season, but the blame spreads around today. Georgia’s defensive pressure has had him flustered all day, he hasn’t had many open receivers and he had tight end Moral Stephens drop a perfect pass for a potential first down.
This was the one-sided game many predicted. People kept saying all week that crazy things happen in rivalry games, especially in this series, but nothing about this has gone off script.
Georgia is that much better than Florida, plain and simple.
Q2, 6:38: Georgia 21, Florida 0
Give the Florida offense credit for effort and not folding after an abysmal start. The Gators went 82 yards on 15 plays to get all the way to the Georgia 4, but they came away with no points.
Going for it on fourth down was the right call, but again Georgia’s defensive pressure delivered as Feleipe Franks was hit while getting off his pass. It fell short, as did the Gators.
It was an encouraging drive and reflective of a team still trying to get something done today, but the gap between these two teams is clear — even beyond the scoreboard.
Q2, 15:00: Georgia 21, Florida 0
Georgia finished the first quarter with 188 yards while Florida managed 34.
The Bulldogs’ defense is way too fast and physical for Florida’s slow-developing offense that relies so heavily on the run or short passes near the line of scrimmage that require at least some open field to maneuver. That space does not exist for the Gators today.
It will be a surprise if Florida scores at all at this point.
Q1, 7:32: Georgia 21, Florida 0
Sony Michel breaks through the line and outruns the Florida defense for a 74-yard touchdown on the first place of Georgia’s third possession.
Three drives, three touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Three drives, 0 first downs, 1 turnover for the Gators.
Nothing more to say at this point.
Q1, 9:12: Georgia 14, Florida 0
Georgia’s defensive pressure is disrupting everything Florida is trying to do offensively, from the run game to giving QB Feleipe Franks any time to make plays. On the turnover, he had Freddie Swain wide open over the middle, but he didn’t have a chance to get the throw off while being chased backwards by the Bulldogs pass rush. When he finally got the throw off, it sailed high, off Swain’s hands and into the grasp of Georgia’s Dominick Sanders for a pick.
The Bulldogs were quickly back in the end zone again as Fromm threw a perfect pass to Javon Wims, who was tightly covered by Florida corner Marco Wilson but made a nice play to grab the ball out of the air before Wilson could get turned around.
It’s hard to see the tenor of this game changing. Georgia is that good and Florida, well, Florida is not equipped to compete offensively against this Bulldogs defense.
Q1, 11:34: Georgia 7, Florida 0
That was, um, quick and emphatic. Georgia needed just 4 plays to go 53 yards in 2 minutes, 2 seconds on its first drive to take the lead.
Freshman QB Jake Fromm has earned praise for his poise all season, and he showed it on the opening drive. On third-and-short, Fromm found himself under immediate pressure and calmly dumped the ball off to his right to D’Andre Swift for a 39-yard gain down to the 6. Nick Chubb scored on the next play, plowing his way into the end zone.
This game has pretty much started as a worst-case scenario for Florida.
Q1, 13:36: Florida 0, Georgia 0
Florida opened the game with a false start penalty, ominously. Then came the stuffed run on second-and-long, a short incompletion with no real upside and a sack as Georgia collapsed the pocket around QB Feleipe Franks.
The Bulldogs looked every bit there like the dominant defense they’ve shown to be all season. And the Gators, well, that was an all-too-familiar sequence.
It’s only one series, but that underscored every reason why this looked like a one-sided matchup entering the game.
Florida-Georgia football TV channel, time, live stream
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Florida-Georgia football picks, prediction
Zach Abolverdi: Florida’s best shot may not be enough
Florida needed a bye week in the worst way coming off consecutive losses at home to LSU and Texas A&M. Players such as Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney took the time to heal, while the coaches had the opportunity to make any necessary changes with personnel and/or game-planning. And yet, any progress made on those fronts quickly became irrelevant news Monday when UF coach Jim McElwain revealed the anonymous death threats — regrettably.
McElwain tried to put it to rest Wednesday, but there’s no denying that it created another distraction for the coaches and players this week. Even if they weren’t bothered, it’s still a problem they had to deal with while No. 3 Georgia coasted through another week of practice. In a season where so much has gone wrong for the Gators, they seemingly need everything to go right for them Saturday. However, their best shot may not be enough to beat the Bulldogs.
Jordan McPherson: Georgia is the better team
Let’s just call it like it is: Georgia is the better team that will be playing in Jacksonville on Saturday. There’s virtually no debate with that.
The Gators are confident and feel like they can pull off the upset. I’m not saying that’s impossible, but it will take a lot going in Florida’s favor for that to happen.
First, the Gators need to break through a veteran Georgia defense, one that ranks third nationally and has held five opponents to less than 75 rushing yards.
Second, Feleipe Franks is going to have to air the ball out and make some plays in the passing game. He’s done it before (see: Tennessee), and a healthy Tyrie Cleveland will help, but it’s not a guarantee.
Third, Florida needs to stop Georgia’s run game and put the pressure on Jake Fromm to win the game for the Bulldogs.
That’s a lot to ask for a team that is 3-3 and hasn’t found ways to shut down teams that Georgia has demolished (i.e. Tennessee, Vanderbilt).
I think Florida stays competitive early, but the Bulldogs will pull away in the second half.
Ryan Young: Georgia is just too good, too consistent, too stacked
Strange things can happen in rivalry games, especially this one. That said, every way I look at this matchup, I come to the same conclusion. Georgia is just too good, too consistent, too stacked and Florida simply has too many issues.
While I do really like the Gators’ rushing attack and the work Malik Davis and Lamical Perine have done this season, the Bulldogs have been absolutely stifling against the run, holding five of their first seven opponents to fewer than 70 rushing yards. For a Florida team so dependent on its rushing attack, this is a bad matchup.
I think as a result the Gators have to put more than they’d prefer on quarterback Feleipe Franks, who hasn’t looked ready for the big stage this fall.In the end, I don’t think the offense can do enough to keep pace.
Georgia is a legit national championship contender while this Florida team has yet to find an identity.
I’m taking the Bulldogs, 31-10.