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NCAA Football: TaxSlayer Bowl-Penn State vs Georgia Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

I’m sure that. like me, you have a lot to do today outside of focusing on the hatiest college football week of the year. So let’s get right to what’s making news on this, the 1094th day since the last time the Florida Gators beat the University of Georgia in a college football game.

The Senator gets statistical in pointing out Georgia’s commanding net yards-per-play advantage over the Gators. The Senator also, as an aside, notes something interesting about the transitive matchups at play here. Everyone is lamenting Georgia losing to the South Carolina team that just got smudged by Tennessee. No one seems to be concerned that Florida was taken to the outer limit by those same Gamecocks.

The fact that this game opened as a 7.0 point line and quickly moved to 3.5 indicates that a lot of folks jumped on the Gators and the points, expecting this to be at worst a close game with a real chance of a Gator win. That’s not really surprising. But at the same time if Georgia actually shows up and plays to its potential, as there’s every reason to think they will after having been kicked around in the press and on social media for the better part of two weeks, watch out. Kirby Smart, like his mentor in Tuscaloosa, absolutely loves to tell his team how much they’re being disrespected and to feed off that bunker mentality. I think that’s a story line we may be talking about more come Saturday night.

Mike Griffith from the AJC thinks that Eli Wolf could play a critical role this weekend, and in a logical world I wouldn’t disagree with him. Wolf has the skills to make a bigger impact in the passing game than he so far has. But I wouldn’t look for him to take over this game. I expect Georgia to line up and run the ball. Why?

Injuries. Georgia looks to be getting Solomon Kindley back close to full strength for the first time since at least the Notre Dame game. The Gators will be getting back talented pass rushers Jon Greenard and Jabari Zuniga.

We’ll be along shortly with all the Vitamin H you expect in the leadup to the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!