After the bye week, the Florida Gators will go up against their toughest opponent this season. The Florida Gators will travel to Jacksonville, Florida to play a neutral site game against the 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The first half of the Florida Gators season hasn’t turn out as well and most fans and experts thought. On the other side, the Georgia Bulldogs have lived up to their expectations and have impressed the nation with their stout defense and rushing attack. While Georgia is the heavy favorites against Florida, the Gators are no push over. This should be a better game than most expected. Here are the five keys on how Florida can upset the Georgia Bulldogs.
Make Jake Fromm beat you
The 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs has one of the top offenses in the country and SEC. The Georgia running game is one of the best in the nation as they are ranked inside in the top ten nationally in rushing yards per game. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have really impressed this season and will be the vocal point for the Florida defense. The Gators must slow down the rushing attack and make Jake Fromm beat you. Fromm is a good quarterback who will likely be a Freshman All-American but he’s still a freshman. If Florida can stop the run and force Fromm to beat them with his arm, they might be able to force a few bad throws which could result in turnovers and short field for the Florida offense to work with.
Need to force turnovers
Going up against a prolific offense like Georgia, you have to force turnovers and keep them off the field. Outside of the first two game of the season, the Gators have struggled forcing turnovers. With a weak offense, the Florida defense needs to force turnovers to give the Florida offense a shorter field. If Florida’s defense is going to force turnovers, it’s going to be in the secondary. All of Florida’s forced turnovers have come off on interceptions and are the only team in the county to not have a fumble recovery. Florida has a really talented secondary that continues to improve every week. Somebody in the secondary is going to have to make a big play and help the Florida offense put points on the board.
Win in the trenches
Outside of the Michigan game, the Florida offensive and defensive line has won in the trenches. The offensive line has done a good job of giving running lanes for the running backs and giving Feleipe Franks a clean pocket. The defensive line has also done a pretty decent job this season as they have hurried the quarterback without blitzing. The Georgia Bulldogs have also done a great job in the trenches. They are a very talented, veteran group that will be a tough test for the Florida Gators in the trenches. The Florida Gators must battle in the trenches if they are to have any success on offense. The rushing attack is both team’s identity on offense so whoever wins in the trenches, will likely win the game.
Let Feleipe Franks air it out
As scary as that sounds, the Florida offense will need Feleipe Franks to have his best game. Just like the Florida defense, the Georgia defense will likely put 8-9 players in the box to stop the run and make the quarterbacks beat them. Good news for the Florida Gators is that Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney are expected to play against Georgia. Cleveland is Feleipe’s favorite target and Toney is Florida’s most explosive offensive weapon. Getting the ball in both their hands will be key as they are some of Florida’s most explosive playmakers. Expect more deep balls as the Bulldogs might go man on man leaving Cleveland on an island. Another thing to expect more of is the wildcats. Kadarius Toney runs the wildcat better than anybody else and should keep the defense on their heels as they know he can sling it.
Win the time of possession battle
With a very talented Georgia offense, the Florida defense must find ways to keep them on the sidelines. If the Florida offense can be on the field longer than the Georgia offense, it will most likely mean that the Florida offense is moving the ball well and the Georgia offense isn’t able to get much going. The toughest thing for the Florida defense is that the Bulldogs chews a lot of clock due to the amount of running plays they call. Winning the time of possession battle would mean that the Florida defense is shutting down Chubb and Michel, forcing Fromm to throw the ball. This is going to be a very tough task for the Florida Gators but if they are to win time of possession, I like Florida’s odds of upsetting Georgia.