Gator News And World Report (10/29/2005)

The Gator News And World Report for Saturday, October 29, 2005. Dooley's Top 10; ALL PUMPED UP; Often upsetting rivalry; Hall inductee Gaffney recalls winning TD drive; Media predictions; Despite Record, Meyer Still Has Backing Of Boosters; Florida braces for toughest challenge; Stakes are hot at this party and more...

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Dooley's Top 10
Before we get started this week, let's put out a couple of fires. There are rumors that need to be dispelled before the Florida-Georgia game kicks off.

Bring 80,000 or so crazed college football fans together in one city, and you're bound to find some interesting stuff. Here's some of what we ran across while elbowing our way through the throng of fans in town for the Florida-Georgia game.

Often upsetting rivalry
The circumstances of today's Florida-Georgia game at Alltel Stadium is just what Georgia's Greg Blue wanted.


Matchups to watch: FLORIDA VS. GEORGIA
Florida SS Jarvis Herring vs. Georgia TEs Leonard Pope and Martrez Milner: After stopping the run, Pope and Milner are the Gators' biggest concern. They are both 6-foot-7 and a matchup nightmare for defenders because of their size. They have combined for 27 catches (25 percent of all of UGa's receptions) and three touchdowns. Herring is a physical player who is probably the best defensive back the Gators can throw up against them. He'll get some help from the linebackers, but if he struggles, Pope and Milner will hurt UF.

Hall inductee Gaffney recalls winning TD drive

Media predictions

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Despite Record, Meyer Still Has Backing Of Boosters
University of Florida safety Jarvis Herring didn't sound like the guy who lobbed obscenities in the general direction of his athletic director almost a year earlier.

Great Scott! Groves can't outrun history
Even now, a quarter-century later, Tim Groves tries. Fruitlessly and futilely, he tries to run down a demon. "I've been chasing Lindsay Scott for 25 years," Groves says, "and I still haven't caught that son of a gun.

State's top 25 plays rich in memories
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Lindsay Scott's long touchdown in Jacksonville, the Sentinel has put together what we consider the 25 most memorable plays -- not games -- in state history.

Gators hope history will repeat itself against Bulldogs
Florida has won 13 of its past 15 games against Georgia and will welcome playing against the Bulldogs without their starting quarterback.

Florida braces for toughest challenge
For the past two weeks, the Florida Gators have tried not to talk about it, even if it was the only thing on their minds.

Stakes are hot at this party
Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey spent last weekend at home in Georgia, hoping to enjoy a few days away from football.

Bulldogs, backup QB, bank on breaking Gators' lingering spell
The Georgia-Florida football series has had many dramatic moments - this is the 25th anniversary of the Buck Belue 93-yard pass to Lindsay Scott known to those in Red and Black as "Run, Lindsay!" - but there's never quite been a scenario like the one Bulldogs coach Mark Richt faces today.

Ready to party
We've been spoiled. In the first seven weeks of the season, there has been a steady slate of marquee games each Saturday. But this weekend's docket is less than stellar. At least we have a cocktail party in the middle of the day. Florida is coming off a much-needed bye week, while Georgia could use a week off after losing starting quarterback D.J. Shockley to a knee injury last Saturday. With both offenses struggling, expect this one to be dominated by two outstanding defenses

Shockley's injury favors Gators
Georgia is 7-0 overall, 5-0 in league play, ranked No. 4 in the nation and can lock up a spot in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game with a victory over Florida in Jacksonville today

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