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Georgia Bulldogs Vs. Florida Gators: When Florida Has The Ball, Don't Sleep On Jeff Demps

BY THE NUMBERS
Florida's offense: Averaging 186.9 yards per game passing (82nd nationally), 142.1 yards rushing (74th).
Georgia's defense: Allowing 207.5 yards per game passing (57th), 99.3 yards rushing (12th).

REASONS TO BE EXCITED
You thought Georgia's offense was a mess without A.J. Green? Florida has all their playmakers on the field and they still can't get out of their own way, posting the worst numbers the Gators have seen since Urban Meyer's first year in Gainesville. One of the primary problems seems to be that they're trying to cram the square peg of John Brantley into the round hole left by Tim Tebow, but Brantley just doesn't have Tebow's wheels (he's got 35 rushes on the season for a net -52 yards) or his passing ability, at least at the moment. Really, none of Florida's playmakers have been put to anywhere near their best use by the current game plan, which is the reason offensive coordinator Steve Addazio might be the most despised man in Gainesville right now.

REASONS TO BE WORRIED
They haven't been put to their best use, but there's no denying there's still plenty of talent on this offense, particularly at running back. Jeff Demps, still the Gators' leading rusher despite nursing a bum wheel the past few weeks, has had a bye week to heal up and stands to be a big part of the game plan on Saturday; despite Urban Meyer's transparent misdirection tactics, expect Chris Rainey, suspended from team activities since the "Time to die" text-message incident a few weeks ago, to return as well. Meyer has a history of using these bye weeks to draw up new wrinkles for the game plan, particularly when his back is up against the wall to whatever extent, so there are bound to be at least a few surprises in store for the Dawgs -- one of which might be Trey Burton, who established himself as an intriguing change-of-pace option at QB (and, potentially, the Tim Tebow that Brantley just can't ever be) after shredding Kentucky for five rushing TDs a month ago. With Georgia currently giving up third-down conversions by the bucketload -- albeit mostly via the pass -- they just can't take anything for granted no matter how rickety the Gator offense appears.

KEY MATCHUP
Georgia LB Akeem Dent vs. Florida RB Jeff Demps. 
Dent has emerged as one of the most ferocious linebackers in the country -- he's currently second in the SEC in tackles with 77, and has also notched 2.5 sacks -- and is a big part of the reason why Georgia's run defense has improved so dramatically over the past month. Of course, another big part of that improvement involves Georgia having the good fortune to go up against mediocre running games for three straight weeks. Florida's ground game is statistically mediocre as well, but Demps has still managed to average 6.5 yards per carry, and he stands to be a focal point of whatever trickery Urban Meyer cooked up over the Gators' bye week. Demps has been a versatile (if underused) component in the passing game, which should worry a Georgia defensive unit that has been flat miserable on third-down conversions this year.

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Georgia Bulldogs Vs. Florida Gators: When Georgia Has The Ball, Watch Aaron Murray

BY THE NUMBERS
Georgia's offense: Averaging 228.4 yards per game passing (55th nationally), 153.8 yards rushing (58th).
Florida's defense: Allowing 166.6 yards per game passing (13th), 131.3 yards rushing (41st).

REASONS TO BE EXCITED
With QB Aaron Murray continuing to be his usual mistake-free self, the offensive line beginning to gel, and Washaun Ealey seeming to have gotten his head screwed on straight in terms of both running technique and not fumbling, this offense is operating at its highest level since 2008. With A.J. Green on hand to stretch opposing defenses and the TEs and fullbacks getting to play a bigger role in the passing game, the Gators will have plenty of threats to worry about both on the ground and through the air. The return of suspended RB Caleb King, too, will offer fresh legs and another dimension in the rushing attack.

REASONS TO BE WORRIED
It's one thing to crack the 40-point mark against teams like Tennessee, Vandy and Kentucky. Florida probably presents the toughest defensive obstacle this offense has seen all season, particularly against the pass, as their secondary was the one defensive unit that managed not to get gutted in the NFL draft. Only two teams, Alabama and LSU, have managed to go over 20 points against the Gators this year, and both fielded elite defenses that gave their offensive teammates considerable help by forcing turnovers. That's something Georgia's gotten better at this year, obviously, but they can't count on a second straight opponent handing the game away early in a flurry of fumbles.

KEY MATCHUP
Georgia QB Aaron Murray vs. Florida [insert defensive back here]. 
In the Bulldogs' three wins against Florida over the past two decades -- and yes, it hurt just as much for me to write that phrase as it hurt you to read it -- they've scored 37, 31, and 42 points. The Dawgs' offense has to click for them to have any hope of winning, and most of that burden rests on the quarterback. Murray has played with poise and confidence in multiple hostile environments this season, but Florida is tied for fifth in the nation with 13 interceptions and will likely be blanketing A.J. Green all afternoon. The three teams that have beaten Florida this year didn't ask much of their QBs because they could ask their defenses to win the game for them; Georgia probably isn't going to have that option.

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