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Best case and worst case scenario for Georgia football game against Florida
On Wednesday, we lay out the best case scenario for Georgia from both a specific and national-view point prospective for this weekend. We will also look at the flip side of the coin and consider what is the worst thing (injuries or cataclysmic events not included) that could happen to the Bulldogs this weekend.
Best case: Remember last year when Georgia blew out Florida and ran all over of the Gators? Well, it’s like that only this time instead of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, it’s Jake Fromm and Justin Fields leading the way.
Both Fromm and Fields play early and both look very good. Fromm bounces back from his poor showing against LSU and looks like the Jake Fromm of old. Fields also comes into the game and continues to get meaningful reps and make a difference for the Bulldogs, much like he did in the Tennessee game. And this time, he actually gets to throw some passes and shows that he’s capable of doing that too.
Oh and just for fun, Georgia converts a couple of third and Grantham’s because who doesn’t love the continuation of a good meme.
As for the defensive side of the ball, Georgia bottles up the Florida running game thanks to some help from freshmen like Jordan Davis and Channing Tindall. The Georgia secondary also steps up and forces another poor performance out of Feleipe Franks, who completed seven passes for just 30 yards last season against the Bulldogs. Georgia will have a wining streak in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party for only the second time in the 21st century.
From a national perspective, No. 2 Clemson gets upset on the road at Florida State and No. 6 Texas suffers its second loss of the season, this time at the hands of Oklahoma State. And No. 14 Washington State loses to No. 24 Stanford, leaving every PAC-12 team with two losses. And lastly, Missouri upsets Kentucky, making things easier for Georgia to win the SEC East.
Worst Case: Think back to the 2014 game, when Florida won after throwing the ball only six times. Or the 2015 game, when Georgia started Faton Bauta and watched him throw not one, not two, not three but four interceptions? Combine both of those games and you get the worst case scenario.
Fromm once again struggles, throwing multiple interceptions. But unlike the LSU game, Smart does let Fields play, and he doesn’t make things any better. He shows off his athleticism by running the ball well, but he’s unable to throw any better than Fromm. The Florida defense, which is clearly motivated, bottles up junior running back Elijah Holyfield.
On defense, the problems from the LSU game continue, as Florida has no issue running all over Georgia’s front 7. Davis and Tindall play a lot but they don’t make much of an impact on the game. And much like Joe Burrow, Franks doesn’t do too much, but he shows he’s able to take advantage of some breakdowns in the Georgia secondary.
The loss all but ends Georgia’s season and Georgia fans once again leave Jacksonville, Fla. with a terrible taste in their mouthes.
AP highlights match-up between Andrew Thomas and Florida DE
From an NFL perspective, Andrew Thomas might be Georgia’s best player, and that’s really saying something given that Deandre Baker is widely considered a first-round pick. But Thomas, who is one of the nation’s top offensive linemen despite not being fully healthy this season, will have his hands full on Saturday when he matches up with Florida pass rusher Jachai Polite.
Polite has 7.0 sacks on the season, good for fourth in the conference. His breakout season has been a big reason why Florida has been able to climb to the No. 9 ranking in the country behind a 6-1 start. So when these two face off on Saturday, the matchup will draw a lot of attention. The Associated Press’ Ralph Russo highlighted the matchup, dubbing it his All-America Matchup of the Week.
“Polite has been one of the Southeastern Conference’s breakout stars this season, averaging a sack a game with seven overall,” Russo wrote. “Thomas has moved over from right tackle, where he started as a freshman for Georgia’s SEC championship team, to protect quarterback Jake Fromm’s blind side.”
Georgia is going to need Thomas to get the better of this star-studded matchup and keep Fromm and/or Fields clean on Saturday if the Bulldogs are going to pull out a win.
Join us at the Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody on Wednesday!
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- ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit explains why Georgia should stick with QB Jake Fromm
- Florida linebacker challenges Elijah Holyfield: ‘We’re all capable of trucking him back’
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