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Florida vs. Georgia, Game Thread: The showdown arrives

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The biggest game of Florida’s season is finally here.

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You know what this is. Florida-Georgia. Right now, for these Gators, there is no foe better than these Dawgs, no game bigger than this showdown (3:30 p.m., CBS or SEC Live).

You know these two teams, too. What we think is that Florida has the better offense, led by the better quarterback — Kyle Trask, who could ink his name in Gators lore — but Georgia’s offense could still tax Florida’s seemingly shaky defense, despite its recent improvement. Dan Mullen hasn’t beaten Kirby Smart. Florida hasn’t solved Georgia in four years.

But four years ago, it was Luke Del Rio, Jordan Scarlett, Antonio Callaway, and a stout Florida defense ushering Smart’s Bulldogs to defeat in Jacksonville in the high point of Jim McElwain’s second season in Gainesville. Four years ago was a long time ago.

Things change all the time in college football. Here’s hoping one more big change leaves Georgia blue for the second time this week.

Here are 25 predictions for Florida’s battle with Georgia.

  1. Florida will score first.
  2. Georgia will score in the first quarter.
  3. Kyle Trask will complete a pass to Kyle Pitts in the first quarter.
  4. Trask will complete multiple passes of more than 40 yards.
  5. Trask will throw for more than 225 yards.
  6. Florida will have at least two receivers make five or more catches.
  7. Malik Davis will lead Florida running backs in touches.
  8. Kadarius Toney will have at least 10 touches.
  9. Dameon Pierce will score at least one rushing touchdown.
  10. Emory Jones will take fewer than five snaps before garbage time.
  11. Florida’s offense will commit no more than one turnover.
  12. Florida’s defense will force multiple three-and-out in the first half.
  13. Florida will give up fewer than 17 points in the first half.
  14. Ventrell Miller will lead Florida in tackles.
  15. Florida will record at least three sacks.
  16. Florida will allow at least two pass plays of more than 40 yards.
  17. A Florida defensive back will record an interception.
  18. A Florida freshman or sophomore DB will make a big play.
  19. Florida will force more than one turnover.
  20. Florida will have a positive turnover margin.
  21. Florida will have a return of 25 or more yards.
  22. Florida will score at least 31 points.
  23. Florida will allow at least 27 points.
  24. Florida will trail in the second half.
  25. Florida will defeat Georgia, 37-31, and take command of the SEC East.