It's all about focus

Can Richt finally break the Florida curse that has haunted this team for the last decade?<p>No matter how bad Florida fans, and maybe even Ron Zook want Spurrier to be coaching in Jacksonville Saturday night, he won't be.

Mark Richt called Georgia's 2nd half performance against Kentucky, "the best that we have played in a half since we have been here."

And he was right.

In that second half, Richt's team was flawless. The defense woke up from its 1st half slumber after Boss Bailey and Tony Gilbert rallied the troops. And the offense kept on doing what it did best in the 1st half; they scored touchdowns.

Even Richt's 2-quarterback system made him look like a Genius. It worked so well that Kentucky fans may have thought that Steve Spurrier was coaching Georgia with this wacky 2-quarterback thing.

But as impressive as the 2nd half was against Kentucky, the biggest obstacle this season comes Saturday night on ESPN.

After a day full of drinking, yelling, ticket scalping, and pep rallies, Georgia will have to do what they have failed to do the last decade. Beat Florida.

Can Richt finally break the Florida curse that has haunted this team for the last decade?

For what seems like forever, Spurrier and Florida have humbled Georgia .The Florida media seems fixated on the fact that Spurrier won't be coaching in this game. They simply won't stop sucking up to Steve.

But it doesn't bother Richt. In fact, Richt doesn't even think about Spurrier one way or another. Why? Well, why should he? No matter how bad Florida fans, and maybe even Ron Zook want Spurrier to be coaching in Jacksonville Saturday night, he won't be.

So when a member of the Sunshine State media asked about Spurrier not coaching Florida, Richt completely dodged the question and said, "It's a game that we have to win. We've won once in 12 seasons and I think that we understand that."

Yeah, he understands it all right.

You see it's not about Steve. It's not really even about Florida. This year's "title run" is about focus, something that, needless to say, has been missing in this Georgia program for countless years.

"We are going to treat it like it is just another week and get a plan together. I think that the players have been able to focus all season. We have played a ton big games this season. I'd be surprised if we lose our focus (against Florida)."

I would be too and for that reason I am confident enough to say: If Georgia can stay focused in their preparations this week, I can't think of any reason that there won't be a huge Red and Black celebration Saturday night.


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