ATHENS – Dean Legge's three easy steps to beating Florida.
Everyone gets it – there are no easy ways to beat Florida. But the Gators are not what they were last season, and that makes things a little simpler for Georgia to upset the top-ranked Gators in Jacksonville this weekend. Here are Dean Legge's three easy steps to upsetting the Gators (at least as easy as possible considering the matchup).
1. Win the Turnover Battle – If there is one problem Georgia has had this season – particularly earlier this season – it has been with turnovers. Guess who else is struggling holding on to the ball? Florida. Georgia is -11 in turnover ratio – worst in the SEC. Mighty Florida is tied for 7th with a -1. That's the major difference between this season's Gators and last's – the reptiles are not getting a hold of the ball nearly the way they did in 2008, and it has shown. The easy scores Florida was used to (at least scores that were made easier by the help of the turnovers) last year are now gone. The Gators have to work for points harder this season, and that's been a source of strife for Florida in 2009. As for the Bulldogs, who perfected the art of shooting themselves in the foot earlier this season, turnovers are "more" under control. The Vanderbilt game was the second of the season where the Dawgs didn't lose the turnover fight – the other was the LSU game. Those are two of the best games the defense has had all year long. The Dawgs' defense is allowed to force turnovers, too, and seem to be getting the hang of that more now. Win the turnover fight and the game is within reach.