Posted: 10:56 pm Friday, October 28th, 2016
By Jay Black
Can Nick Chubb take advantage of Florida’s injuries?
I can’t imagine Georgia’s best player was too thrilled with 40 rushing yards against Vanderbilt. So now the Dawgs have to face the defense that’s allowed the second fewest yards and points in the nation.
However, the only ranked team Florida has played (Tennessee) hung 38 on its defense. So is this group good or are there opponents just weak?
Chubb has the opportunity to get back on track because Florida’s front seven is still very beat up. Leading tackler Jarrad Davis may or may not play with a bad ankle. DE Bryan Cox Jr. (thumb), DE Jordan Sherit (knee) and DT Joey Ivie (thumb) also practiced some this week, but are very questionable.
Florida’s rush defense is ranked fourth in the SEC, allowing 119 yards per game. But the Gators did allow 265 yards on the ground to Missouri, which is a passing team.
However, passing against the Gators isn’t all that easy.
Can Jacob Eason get anything done through the air?
No Georgia quarterback has won his first start against the Gators since Greg Talley in 1989.
Jacob Eason was born in 1997.
The Dawgs freshman QB threw for a career-high 346 yards two weeks ago in an impressive bounce back to the 29 yard performance against South Carolina.
Eason hasn’t had to deal with a secondary like this though.
Cornerbacks Quincy Wilson and Teez Tabor are potential first round picks. They have seven of Florida’s SEC leading 10 interceptions and each have a touchdown.
Oh by the way, safety Marcus Maye is an All-American.
Over the last two seasons, the Gators have only allowed 300 passing yards in a game twice. East Carolina last year and Tennessee this year. The Vols threw for 319. The next best this season is UMass with 141.
It’s going to be hard to expect much from Eason here, but he will be the more talented of the two QBs on the field and will likely have to make at least one play if the Dawgs pull this thing off.
Are we sure Florida’s offense is any good?
The answer is no we aren’t sure, but getting QB Luke Del Rio back doesn’t hurt
The son for the Oakland Raiders head coach did not play in the Gators loss to Tennessee and the 13-6 slug fest against Vanderbilt.
His numbers against the scrubs he’s faced (UMass, Kentucky and North Texas) aren’t bad, but Del Rio was not very good in his return two weeks ago against Missouri. He completed only 47 percent of his passes and threw three interceptions.
Missouri’s defense isn’t that good.
Del Rio’s best weapon is one of the best weapons in the SEC. WR Antonio Callaway is second in the league in receiving yards per game at 79.8. He will be a challenge for a Georgia secondary that has given up plenty of big plays.
The Dawgs must do what they failed to do in the last two games against Florida. That — of course — is stopping the run. In those two losses, Georgia allowed 676 rushing yards. That’s more than the 642 UGA gave up to Florida from 2009-2013 combined.
The Gators use a backfield by committee with four different players, but leading ball carrier Mark Thompson is out because of a drug citation. Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Pernie are each averaging more than 5.6 yards per carry.
It seems like a cliché, but the team that runs the ball the best probably walks out of Jacksonville with a win.