Bob & Jason's Cocktail Party Bold Predictions

It is now the biggest game on the schedule for both teams and a good bit of stuff is at stake. Florida and Georgia will square off in Jacksonville and we all know anything can happen in this game. Jason Higdon and Bob Redman add their thoughts and go out on a limb with a few 'Bold Predictions' for this game. Read on to see what we think will happen.

From the desk of Jason Higdon

Special Teams will be Special…
Florida is currently fourth in the SEC and 30th in the country in Kickoff returns. Georgia is dead last in the league in net punting at just under 35 yards per punt. We will see a huge play come from the Florida Special Teams on Saturday. Whether it's Jeff Demps or Andre Debose taking one to the house on a kickoff, or Chris Rainey blocking a punt to set up the Gator offense, I expect to see a "Special" day from the Gators Special Teams in Jacksonville. This unit has been less than stellar overall to this point in the season but with heavy emphasis in this phase of the game during the bye week they will respond.

Picks of the Litter…
Georgia is third in the SEC in passing offense at 248 yards per game but checks in at number one in yards per completions at 13.71. The Florida defense comes into this game allowing 168 yards per game through the air which is sixth best in the country. The young Gator secondary will have plenty of chances to get to Aaron Murray and will end the day with three interceptions. To this point in the season the Gators have a total of four interceptions which ranks 11th in the league.

R.P. for MVP?
Ronald Powell has not lived up to expectations to this point in his young Gator career and Saturday he will remind people why he was one of the most heavily recruited players in America. Powell will have two sacks and one caused fumble vs. the Dawgs. Georgia is plus five on the season in turnovers while Florida has been horrible at minus 7 for the season which ranks dead last in the league and comes in at 109 in the country. The game is simple for the Gators, win the turnover battle and win the game.

From the desk of Bob Redman

The Double 200 Club…
The Florida offense has been much maligned in the last two and a half games and it has earned much of the negative press. Back in the fold is senior quarterback John Brantley. Unfortunately for Brantley, the Georgia defense is ranked third in the SEC only behind the top two teams in the country Alabama and LSU. Still, it is a big drop to that third spot and Georgia is big on defense and not nearly as quick as the other two teams, I expect a similar game plan as the Alabama game when Brantley threw for almost 200 yards in the first half before getting injured. I also expect them to have a lot more running success. With all of that in mind, look for Florida to have over 200 yards rushing and over 200 yards passing in the game.

Omar the Dent Maker
Junior defensive tackle Omar Hunter hasn't had a stellar career at Florida so far, but has been somewhat steady. Hunter did have his best game of the season in his last outing. During his recruitment, Hunter committed to Florida after decommitting from Notre Dame. As signing day rolled around, there was a lot of talk that the Buford, Georgia resident could end up at Georgia. A fierce battle broke out at the 11th hour and eventually Hunter signed and faxed his papers to Gainesville. Omar has "friends" at Georgia but wants this game. Look for the big man to get a sack and career high In tackles in this game.

Don't tread on me…
Georgia has not rushed for less than 117 yards in any game this season. They also haven't playd against the best rush defenses this year. Florida comes into the contest as the fourth best rushing defense in the league (120 yards a game) but have gone against three of the top four running teams in the conference already. Look for the gators to shut down Georgia's running game and give up less than 80 yards on the ground Saturday.

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