Week 9 of the 2016 season brings with it one of the biggest and most celebrated rivalries in the SEC: The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
No. 14 Florida (5-1, 3-1 SEC) and Georgia (4-3, 2-3) will both come into the game well rested, as both teams were on byes last week. The week before, the Gators defeated Missouri 40-14, while the Bulldogs suffered a 17-16 upset loss to Vanderbilt.
Georgia leads the all-time series between the rivals 50-42-2. Last season, Florida won the game 27-3. Here’s what you need to know about catching the matchup:
What time is kickoff?
When: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Where: EverBank Field at Jacksonville, Fla.
What TV channel is showing the game?
CBS is televising the game. Also, you can listen to the game on SiriusXM 83/190 or through the Georgia Bulldogs Sports network.
Who is calling the game for CBS?
Verne Lundquist is on play-by-play and Gary Danielson is the game’s color commentator. Allie LaForce will report from the sidelines.
3 things you should know
1. Florida brings one of the best defenses in the nation into Jacksonville. The Gators have the second-best scoring defense nationally, giving up an average of 12 points per game this season. They also hold the No. 2 spot in total defense, allowing just 252.5 yards per game.
2. There is plenty of familiarity between the Georgia and Florida coaching staffs. Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Florida coach Jim McElwain were both part of Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama from 2008 until McElwain’s departure to take the head coaching role at Colorado State in 2011. Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and defensive line coach Chris Rumph also coached with Smart at Alabama.
3. Florida has one of the best secondaries in the country, allowing just 132.8 yards per game, good enough for second-best nationally. To beat the Florida pass defense, Georgia will have to rely on true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason, who has 1,366 yards passing and nine touchdowns this season, and is coming off a career-high 346 yards passing against Vanderbilt. To be effective in it’s passing game, Georgia will need to look for favorable matchups, one of which might be slot receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who leads Bulldog receivers with 415 yards and five touchdowns.