Green means go for Georgia offense

October, 29, 2010
10/29/10
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The Georgia Bulldogs face the Florida Gators Saturday in their annual grudge match in Jacksonville, FL. This year’s Florida-Georgia game will be the first since 1979 when both teams entered the contest not ranked in the AP poll. Georgia won that game 33-10. Florida has won 17 of the last 20 meetings between the teams. That is a complete turnaround from when Georgia won nine of the 10 meetings from 1980-89.

Florida enters the game having lost three straight following a 4-0 start to the season. It’s the Gators’ longest losing streak under Urban Meyer and the school's longest since losing the final three games of the 1999 season (including the bowl game that was then known as the Florida Citrus Bowl to Michigan State). It’s been 22 years since Florida has lost four straight (1988). That was also the last time the Gators had dropped three straight in the regular season until now.

Meanwhile, Georgia comes into the game riding a three-game win streak and has been a totally different team since junior WR A.J. Green returned to the lineup after missing the first four games of the season while serving an NCAA suspension. Without him, the Bulldogs were 1-3. With Green, Georgia is 3-1 and the offense has performed at a higher level. His presence has also opened things up for the running game as they must protect against the threat of Green beating them deep.

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