Good Monday morning, Dawg fans! We're still on NCAA Gurley watch, and there's no news on that front yet. We'll let you know when there is... but in the meantime, it's still HATE WEEK. THE HATE MUST FLOW. Therefore, I present to you the following numbers relevant to this Saturday's game by the banks of the St. John's River:
1983: The last year in which Georgia had a winning streak longer than 3 games against the Gators, which we have an opportunity to achieve once again this year.
1904: The year the Georgia-Florida rivalry began. The Sunshine State Saurians disagree with this assessment, as they would have you believe that their football program didn't begin until
1990 1906, and that their first game with Georgia didn't happen until 1915. I could spend 900 words telling you why Florida is wrong... but I already did that last year. The bottom line is, the Gators are wrong (as usual).
92: The total number of games that have previously been played in this rivalry. Georgia currently leads the all-time series with the Gators 50-40-2.
75: The most points that Georgia has ever scored against Florida. In 1942, Frank Sinkwich was well on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, but his performance in a 75-0 beatdown of the hapless Gators certainly didn't hurt his candidacy.
13: The current (as of the time of writing) number of points by which Georgia is favored this Saturday in Jacksonville. I have records going back to 1978 on the betting line for this game, and since at least that time, Georgia has never been a bigger favorite in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. In fact, UGA's never even been a double-digit favorite in Jacksonville since at least 1978. (I don't know when Vegas started setting betting lines on college football games, but gambling was first legalized there in 1931. I don't know if there were lines set for the 1942 or 1946 Georgia-Florida games, but those would probably be the closest you'd come to a situation similar to the one we have this year.)
7: The longest winning streak in the series. Despite the fact that, on a macro level, this rivalry seems to run in roughly 20-year swings of dominance, neither Georgia nor Florida have actually won more than 7 in a row. Both schools have done it once: UGA from 1941-1948, and UF from 1990-1996.
4: The number of times Georgia has scored more than 50 points against the Gators: in 1904 (52-0), 1920 (56-0), 1942 (75-0), and 1968 (51-0). Florida has returned the favor only twice, in 1994 and '95. In fact, since those games in the '90's were during the on-campus hiatus in the series, and the 1904 and 1920 games were in Macon and Athens, respectively, Jacksonville has only seen a game where one team has scored more than 50 points twice, and both times the Georgia Bulldogs were the ones who put up the big number.
3: Todd Gurley. That is all.
0-7: Will Muschamp's current all-time career record when playing or coaching in a Georgia-Florida game. (His record in Jacksonville is only 0-6, since the WLOCP game was played in Gainesville during his senior year in 1994.) Since Secret Agent Muchamp's coaching tenure will likely not continue into any future seasons in Gainesville, we have the opportunity to send him out at an even 0-8 lifetime number in this rivalry.
0 (Zero): The number of times David Andrews, our four-year starting center, and all our other four-year seniors have been on a team that has lost to Florida.
Let's keep growing that number of UGA players who have never lost to Florida... that's the kind of accomplishment one brags about for the rest of their lives. And great job to y'all so far on the Fan Shots and Fan Posts! Keep up the good hating work, and...