If there has been a more important game played in the SEC this season, no one is sure where to find it. Florida-Georgia offers all the usual intrigue that a match up of top 10 teams has, along with a little extra.
The Gators are ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings and are undefeated this season through seven games. The team is 6-0 in the SEC this year and a win on Saturday would send the team to the conference championship game for the first time in three years.
Georgia enters Saturday's game with the same agenda. A win by the Bulldogs would give the team an inside track to the SEC title game, first place in the SEC East and a victory over a hated rival.
"Nothing's changed for us," coach Will Muschamp said Monday, according to the Associated Press. "We're not working any longer, harder. Practice, it's all the same. We don't approach things differently based on the situation because next week's important, too."
Florida is having the best season since winning the national championship in 2008. The team hasn't made the SEC championship since 2009 and a win would add another number to the record 10 times the team has appeared in the contest.
"It's another big game," quarterback Jeff Driskel said. "It's an SEC East game, and it's the Florida-Georgia game. You couldn't really ask for more. You come to Florida to play in games like this. We're excited to start preparing and we're ready for another big week. ... We know what's at stake, but we're going to prepare like we have been all year and just be ready when it comes Saturday."
The sophomore has been a great surprise for the Gators this season, throwing for 929 yards and eight touchdowns while throwing only one interception.
Driskel has been a threat on the ground as well, rushing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. In a 31-17 win against Vanderbilt on Oct. 13 he rushed for a career high 177 yards and three touchdowns.
Florida finished with a 7-6 record last season and lost to Georgia 24-20, which was only the third win in the last 14 games for Georgia in the series, according to the AP.
"It's good for us," Gators linebacker Jon Bostic said. "That's one of our goals from the beginning of the year. We certainly want to get to Atlanta, but we've got to take it one game at a time. It's another SEC game we want to win."
Georgia is coming off of a tight 29-24 win last Saturday against Kentucky that saw quarterback Aaron Murray throw for a career-high 427 yards along with four touchdowns.
"We know what this game means for us and for Florida," coach Mark Richt said. "I would say our guys are excited about the opportunity to play this game and have it mean as much as it means right now."
The offense has been high this season, scoring 39 points per game, but the defense has been suspect lately, allowing over 300 yards per game.
"I feel like we've got a second opportunity to shock the world," receiver Marlon Brown said. "This time, we can't slip up."
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