Georgia Bulldogs Up Next For Unbeaten Florida Gators

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs
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10/27/2012, 3:30 p.m. (ET) CBS
Opening Lines: Florida -5, O/U 48
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Florida Gators:  Will Muschamp's crew is looking better and better with each game, and continues to hold the No. 2 slot of the BCS rankings behind Alabama in the second week of the poll.  Florida (7-0 straight up, 6-1 against the spread) is on a 6-game run on the gridiron as well as at the window in SEC play, and can clinch the SEC East title with a victory on Saturday.  The latest was a 44-11 whipping of South Carolina last Saturday after being installed only as a 3-point favorite. The Gators benefitted greatly from four Gamecock turnovers, putting up only 183 yards of total offense but also holding SC to under 200.  Florida will try and get its running game going once again against a Georgia defense that is a middling 74th in the land stopping infantry attacks.  The Gators have won 11 of last 14 in this series to at least pull this series closer regardless of which side you believe for the all-time record (Georgia 48-40-2).

Georgia Bulldogs:  Mark Richt's club is designated as the home team for this year's meeting, but the 'Dogs (6-1 SU, 2-5 ATS) will most certainly be at a crowd disadvantage here in the Sunshine State.  Georgia hasn't made friends with bettors either, dropping the cash each of the last three and 1-4 ATS since an early win at Mizzou.  The Bulldogs barely scored enough on their own to match a -26 spread at Kentucky, and needed an Aaron Murray TD pass midway through the final quarter to secure a 29-17 victory.  The running game has grinded to a halt the last two weeks with a combined 192 yards, well below the current 205 per game that still ranks 30th-best in the country. Getting it going again against the tough Gators stop unit that is 10th against the run (97.3 ypg) will indeed be a challenge.  The Dawgs snapped a 3-year losing streak against Florida in 2011 with a 24-20 win and cover as 3-point chalk. That game failed to reach the total (47½) to stop a 4-year 'over' run.  The Bulldogs are 5-2 'over' through their first seven games.

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