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ATHENS - To call Georgia an overwhelming favorite for Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic wouldn't do enough justice.

The Bulldogs are favored by 43 points, the largest point spread for Georgia over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since Vince Dooley's final season as coach, according to Brandon Pertner of Phil Steele Publications, which keeps records of point spreads dating back to 1988.

The closest spread to this week's was the 40 ½ points that Georgia was favored over Cal State-Fullerton in 1991, a season before that program was disbanded. Georgia also was favored by 39 over Louisiana-Monroe in 2005.

If FCS programs are included, the largest spread was the 45 against Idaho State in 2010, 42 against Tennessee Tech in 2009 and 39 against Coastal Carolina in 2011. FCS lines only have been considered "legit" since 2008, according to Pertner.

The blog Pre-Snap Read this week lists Florida Atlantic 122nd out of 124 FBS programs. It is ahead of only South Alabama and Massachusetts, two programs making the transition from the FCS.

"We have enough problems of our own that we don't have to worry too much about Georgia," Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini said Monday. "We've got to fix us and keep getting better. That's what you get out of it."

Jones limited, gets SEC honors

Jarvis Jones, named SEC defensive player of the week on Monday, was limited in practice on Monday with a strained groin and shoulder contusion.

Jones had a dominating showing in Georgia's 41-20 win at Missouri despite sustaining the groin injury in the middle of last week.

"I know he was hurting but he played through it," outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said.

Upon further review, linebacker Jones' game against Missouri was even better than it looked on paper.

Georgia scored two touchdowns set up by two big defensive plays by Jones.

Jones was credited with an additional sack early Sunday on a play when Missouri quarterback James Franklin was called for intentional grounding. He also received an additional forced fumble.

So his final line vs. Missouri: nine tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, an interception, two forced fumbles and five quarterback pressures.

Jones had 16 ½ sacks over his last 16 games.

Apology `good statement'

Associated Press photographer L.G. Patterson tweeted out a picture Sunday of Missouri defensive tackle Shledon Richardson shaking hands with Georgia coach Mark Richt after the game in what was characterized as an apology by Richardson for his "old man football" comment last week.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that was "not orchestrated by us," according to the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.

"People make mistakes, you know, and get second chances," Pinkel said. "That's all part of maturing. I think that's a good statement on his part in his own way."

Richt hasn't been available to speak to reporters since Saturday night.

`Time stopped' after fumble

Jones made the sack and forced the fumble of Franklin that led to Georgia's final touchdown, but Jenkins is the guy who chased down the ball and recovered it.

"It felt like time stopped," said Jenkins, a freshman. "The only thing I saw was me and the ball. I had planned it all out in my head. In the first quarter me and Josh Dawson were talking and said `I feel like I'm about to get a fumble or a pick six. I saw Jarvis coming off the edge and I was like `Oh, yeah, it's coming.'"

Jenkins recovered fumble at the 5-yard line.

"If I would have got another step I was diving in the end zone," he said. "I got to get that before the season's over with."

Jenkins had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

"He is very explosive off the ball," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "He has enough ability for a young guy that he can play multiple positions. He actually is doing that for us. I think he's a raw talented guy who is only going to get better the more he plays so I think it's important that we continue to develop him and play him because I think he can be a very special guy down the road."

Jenkins, backing up both outside linebacker spots, is "going to be part of the rotation somehow, someway," Grantham said.

This and that

Richt was not at practice on Monday while he continued to tend to a family matter. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and Grantham filled in on his call-in show.

Besides Jones, Georgia's injury list was rather lengthy. Defensive end Cornelius Washington (strained hamstring) and offensive lineman Watts Dantzler (ankle) didn't practice. Cornerback Malcolm Mitchell (ankle and shoulder), receiver Michael Bennett (knee) and cornerback Damian Swann (knee) were limited. Bobo indicated he expected the players back later this week. He described the injuries "as normal wear and tear after a big ballgame and then we played late at night. Not a lot of people got a lot of rest and treatment."

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