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Chomping at Bits: Jim McElwain and the Gators readying for rivalry

Jim McElwain will get his first taste of the Florida Georgia rivalry on Saturday. The Gators know what is at stake against the Bulldogs in the SEC East race.

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Jim McElwain's first Florida-Georgia experience: McElwain is no stranger to high profile rivalry games and even still cringes today when thinking about being on the losing side of one when he was coaching in Montana. He says rivalries like Florida Georgia are "what college football is all about." (Gary Smits, Florida Times UnionBrian Jackson, News 4 Jax)

Florida needs to work on its rushing attack: This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has watched the Gators play recently. The Gators only rank above Missouri in rushing in the SEC. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)

Treon Harris has big game experience: The big stage is not too big for Harris, who started in Florida's win over Georgia last season and has started on the road at places like LSU and FSU. He also lead his high school team to back to back state championships. (Ariana Figueroa, Independent Florida Alligator)

Injury Report: Florida looks to potentially have some players return after the bye week. C'yontai Lewis should play on Saturday while Joey Ivie, Case Harrison, Marcell Harris, Travaris Dorsey and Kavaris Harkless are all probable. (Jesse Simonton, Miami Herald; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida opens as slight favorite over Georgia: The Gators have opened as three point favorites, which marks the first time the Bulldogs have been an underdog in 24 games, dating all the way back to their game with Auburn in 2013. (Chris Kirschner, SEC Country)

Florida Georgia game could have recruiting impact: Six recruits that are considering both teams will definitely be paying attention on Saturday. (Chris Kirschner, SEC Country)

Gators have college football's "least damaging loss": According to USA Today Sports' ranking of the best losses to date. (Eddie Timanus, USA Today)

Vernon Hargreaves named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award: The award is given to the best defensive back in college football. Hargreaves is one of 16 named semifinalists. (GatorZone)

Have you ever wished that you could dine inside Florida's new indoor practice facility? Do you have an extra $250-300 to spend for such an occasion? If so, you my friend are in luck! (GatorZone)

Florida-Georgia: Did You Know?
Here are some interesting facts about the Florida Georgia rivalry game.

  • The game has been played every year in Jacksonville since 1933, except for in 1994 and 1995 when EverBank Field was being remodeled to accommodate the newly commissioned Jacksonville Jaguars. In addition to being played in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Athens, the game was played once in Tampa, in 1919, and twice in Savannah, in 1928 and 1930 (a game which ended in a scoreless tie).
  • Florida holds the record for the most points scored on Georgia in Sanford Stadium. That record was set during the 1995 game in Athens when Spurrier put "half a hundred" on the Dawgs in a 52-17 thrashing.
  • The Florida Georgia game was first referred to as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail party" by Bill Kastelz, a sports editor for the Florida Times-Union in the 1950s, after he witnessed an intoxicated fan offering an alcoholic beverage to a police officer, binocular case flasks, and other displays of open drinking and drunkenness at the game.

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