The Florida Gators face their biggest test of the season and essentially a must-win game on Saturday when they play the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville. At 3-3, a Florida win would be the upset they need to reset their season and keep them in contention for the East. A loss would mean they’re playing out the season for pride. But on top of all of that, more distractions around the team surfaced Monday. SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi and Jordan McPherson discuss this and more in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.
- Florida coach Jim McElwain on Monday said that families of people affiliated with the team have recently received death threats but would not elaborate further on the issue. When his own administration reached out and asked him for more information, he “offered no additional details,” according to a UAA statement. This raises a red flag on McElwain’s part.
- The comments also bring up another non-football related storyline that this team will have to endure through this season. They’ve already gone through nine teammates being suspended and a hurricane on top of playing every conference game this season down to the wire.
- But when it is all said and done, Florida has to play a football game on Saturday. It’ll be a tough one, too. Georgia is the No. 3 team in the country and looks like a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. The defense is experienced and the offense is running on the backs of seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. All told, Georgia has won six of its seven games by at least 21 points. The lone outlier is a 20-19 win against a Notre Dame team that is ranked No. 9 in the country.
- While Florida is the heavy underdog on Saturday — some have the Gators down by as many as two touchdowns — the Gators are optimistic heading into the game. It’s understandable why. Florida has won the last three in the series and they know they need to have some form of internal motivation to come out of the game with a win. Plus, they have the 2014 season to look back to. Florida was in a similar situation heading into the Georgia game that year — 3-3 on the year, unranked against a top-10 UGA team — and won the game. That’s not saying Saturday will unfold that way, but Florida knows a win is not impossible.