No. 8 Florida and No. 5 Georgia are set to clash on Saturday afternoon in a rivalry game that carries local, regional and national ramifications. Bragging rights, an edge in the division title race and College Football Playoff hopes are all on the line in one of the most storied rivalries in college football history.
The Gators are coming off an emphatic win over Missouri that saw their much-maligned defense hold the Tigers to a 20% conversion rate on third downs — their best mark of the season. Gators fans are hoping that their defensive success is the start of a trend and not an outlier.
The Bulldogs topped Kentucky 14-3 in Lexington last week behind a stellar game from Zamir White, who had 136 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries. The success on the ground allowed offensive coordinator Todd Monken the ability to keep things conservative and avoid putting too much pressure on quarterback Stetson Bennett IV.
Who wins the latest chapter of this storied rivalry? Let’s take a closer look at the storylines to follow before making some expert picks both straight up and against the spread. Odds via William Hill Sportsbook.