Does Florida have a chance Saturday? According to Danielson, the Gators do, if…
Danielson: They have a shot because defensively they can stop run. The last eight years the teams that have run for the most yards has won the game. Somebody asked me: What would be the weakness of Georgia. At first I thought was their secondary, because so many players turned over. But I think they’ve done a nice job of turning that around. That matches up with their outstanding pass rush. They have a lot of veteran linebacker who make a lot of plays.
I would say if Georgia has a weakness it is quarterback. You probably wouldn’t believe this, but its Georgia that is ranked 112th in passing. Florida is ranked 94th. The reason for that is that they run it pretty darn good.
So the matchup has to be: can Florida force Georgia into a passing game and take advantage of that. If not they have no chance.
The problem with that analysis is that he’s looking at passing yardage. When you compare passer rating it’s Georgia 27th, Florida 116th.
Georgia hasn’t had to go chase yards in the passing game this season because it’s run the ball so well, true. But that doesn’t automatically mean the passing game isn’t good enough to get those yards if they’re needed. Besides that, it’s the same facile analysis we’ve seen about Georgia’s offense all season. At 6-1, it’s hard to see where any opponent has been able to make that a go.
Danielson is right in that Florida possesses the best rushing defense Georgia will see this season. But the Gators didn’t exactly slow down either of the two stout running offenses they’ve already faced.
By the way, Georgia’s rushing defense ain’t too shabby, either. In fact, it’s ranked higher in average yards per rush than Florida’s. So what’s the Gator offense going to do if Georgia forces it into a passing game?
I know I sound like a broken record, but Georgia’s chances are going to come down to turnover margin and field position. That’s what the Dawgs are built around and that’s what you have to control if you want to beat them.