The Sports Broadcast

A blog about sports broadcasting from the great state of Florida. They report. I decide.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Florida - Georgia

The Florida-Georgia game this year could go either way. Florida may come right out a shock the likes of struggling David Greene and his Bulldogs. Greene is not having the senior year he envisioned, D.J. Shockley has never had a good down against Florida in his career, and David Pollack may find out just how hard it is to tackle Ciatrick Fason. The Gators, fighting for their coach's good name, may come out and overpursue, forget assignments, and drop balls leading to a Georgia win. This won't be anywhere close to Boise State's 69-3 win over Hawaii last night (now that's a statement game). It's going to go down to the very end.

Florida's biggest advatage is special teams, as kicker Matt Leach can make field goals from 50+ yards out, and won last year's game in the final minute. Conversely, Georgia freshman kicker Andy Bailey is only 10/15 on field goals and has a career long of just 40 yards.

Another boost for Florida is the return of DT Ray McDonald. It's very possible if he hadn't gotten injured, Ron Zook would still have his job. He was injured late in the LSU game, and after he left the LSU backs ran wild propelling the Tigers to victory. MSU's Jerious Norwood also found plenty of running room without McDonald's presence. If he stays healthy, it's not inconceivable that the Gators would be 6-1 right now, but alas, what-ifs don't win conferences or save jobs. If Georgia arrogantly thinks it will bludgeon Florida with a freshman RB with a lung infection now that McDonald is back, it could mean a disastrous slow start for the Dawgs.

Maybe I'm optimistic or just a fool, but Florida 24 - Georgia 17.

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