The No. 11 Florida Gators (6-1 SU, 5-1-1 ATS) have nearly clinched the SEC East Division for the first time since 2009. A win this Saturday against the rival Georgia Bulldogs (5-2 SU, 2-5 ATS) would put Florida two games up on the ‘Dawgs with two games left to go in the regular season. At press time, the Gators are 3-point “home” favorites at EverBank Field in Jacksonville; kick-off is at 3:30 PM ET on CBS, with mostly sunny skies in the forecast.
Florida has made quick progress in its first year under head coach Jim McElwain. However, the Gators had their undefeated season spoiled two weeks ago by the LSU Tigers, who prevailed 35-28 as 7-point home faves on the closing line. McElwain used the bye week to prepare for Saturday, as did Mark Richt and the Bulldogs after scraping past the Missouri Tigers (+14.5 away) 9-6.
If Saturday’s game turns into a similar kicking duel, the Gators could be in trouble. They held open tryouts after PK Jorge Powell was forced out of the LSU game with a season-ending knee injury. Redshirt junior PK Austin Hardin has been injured and ineffective, leaving the identity of Saturday’s kicker unresolved.