Herschel. Tebow. Gurley. Emmit. These are just a few of the legends that have played in this rivalry game. The game has been a staple for both programs since 1915, depending on who you ask, and is one of the last remaining neutral-site rivalry games in college football. With the game also dubbed as “The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” a good time is always had.
This game also serves as a benchmark for teams when grading players transitioning to the NFL. It has been a showcase for players like Walker in ‘74 and Tebow always performed well. This will also serve as a measuring stick for fantasy players who give this a special follow for devy purposes. This game usually comes towards the end of the year and usually determines who will be representing the SEC East in the conferences title game. That extra game is make or break for devy players.
Florida Players to Watch
Jordan Scarlett, RB
Scarlett will be a major player when it comes to the outcome of the game on Saturday. In Georgia’s loss to LSU, they gave up an egregious 277 yards on the ground. With the bruising running style which Scarlett brings to the table, expect him to have a good game against a strong Georgia defense.
Tyrie Cleveland, WR
Cleveland is unfortunately at the mercy of hit or miss quarterback play from Felipe Franks. Cleveland only has 11 catches on the year but has shown the ability to make big plays. He has a career catch average of 17.7 yards and has proven to be rather clutch as well. If a big play is needed Cleveland won’t be afraid to step up for Florida.
Jachai Polite, DL
The most explosive weapon on the Florida defense has to be edge rusher Jachai Polite, who leads. Leading the team with 7 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He is the football equivalent of an EMP. Once he goes off it all goes dark and by the time everything is back online, it's too late. Having that quality is also the reason IDP players and NFL teams are drooling over his potential at the next level. He will be the biggest X-factor for the Gators.
Vosean Joseph, LB
Joseph showed his best in the biggest game up to this point in the year for the Gators had his best game. He finished with 14 tackles and including 2 sacks in the upset win over LSU, playing. He played a crucial part in the win that cool Gainesville night. He covers ground well and, shows natural instincts - almost as if he knows what the offense is doing. That speaks to his mentality and the way he prepares, all the fantastic qualities of a leader and defensive presence.
Georgia Players to Watch
Jake Fromm, QB
A lot of people’s top-rated quarterback in the 2020 class needs to have a big game this Saturday if Georgia is going to have a chance to win. Fromm had a poor showing -arguably the worst game of his career - against a stout LSU defense. Fromm will be under a lot of pressure from a very underrated Florida defense; how he responds with his play will be something people will be anxious to see. We have seen how not to respond this past weekend with Dwayne Haskins, let's see if Fromm can show us how to properly handle pressure.
Riley Ridley, WR
Fromm’s top target on a talented Georgia offense is Ridley. Much like his older brother Calvin, Riley has shown big-play potential paired with good hands and improvisation on broken plays. With a big game, Ridley can help his potential draft stock and further the comparisons to his brother. Number eight will be making big plays that's a guarantee, it will interesting to see if Florida can contain him.
DeAndre Baker, DB
Baker comes in third on Dwight Peebles’ rankings for 2019 draft prospects. Baker is a playmaker, period. He finds the ball, he covers well, he does a lot of things well enough that many consider him to be a future first round pick and become a mainstay on an NFL defense. With the quarterback being the worst position on Florida’s offense, Baker might be getting a full dog bowl this Saturday.
D’Andre Walker, DL
Much like Polite for Florida, Walker is a disruptor on the defensive side of the ball. He boasts 22.5 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks in his college career. He shows speed getting into the backfield and thanks to a quick first step and excellent instincts. He is a natural when it comes to attacking; much like a shark when he smells blood from the offensive line, he won't hesitate to devour the ball carrier.
This is always a fun game every year, this year more than most because both teams are in the top ten and boast a handful of prospects on each team. Be sure to tune in at 3:30 PM EST on CBS for the game of the week to see who is too hungover from the cocktail party beforehand and who hasn’t had enough yet.