Georgia's 0-2 start is almost a distant memory: After the Bulldogs found their defensive footing and rode freshmen Isaiah Crowell and Malcom Mitchell through a five game win streak (including four consecutive SEC wins), head coach Mark Richt's perpetual "hot seat" has seemingly cooled. Right? Not really, if you trust Mr. College Football (and we do). Tony Barnhart said this week that another Cocktail Party lost (Richt is 2-8 in his last ten games against UF) would be "the last straw:"
There is a nagging sense from some Georgia people that Richt's time has come and gone. The SEC East is as weak as it has been in a generation with new coaches at Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt, and with Spurrier having some issues at South Carolina. There is an opportunity for somebody to step up and become the dominant program in the division. Richt has to make the case that he is capable of getting Georgia back into that position.
So Richt needs to win against a Florida team that is limping into Saturday's game. It doesn't matter how good or bad Florida is. It's Florida. Richt can't go to 2-9 against the Gators. He just can't.
Game date, time: Saturday, October 29, 3:30pm ET
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Radio: WSB AM 750