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Weekly Look Ahead – Week 9 - 2006
The match-up formally known as the ‘World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party’ takes center stage in the SEC this weekend. The 6-1 Gators face a Georgia team that has dropped two of its last three and fallen out of the top 25. Despite being ranked in the top ten, Florida has only covered three of their seven spreads this season.
This game is played in Jacksonville, a neutral site, however Florida is big favorites this year. The Bulldogs lost back-to-back home games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. They rebounded last week against Mississippi State. Florida’s lone loss of the year came on the road to Auburn back on October 14.
Despite its recent losses, Georgia still holds a very talented defensive unit. Only giving up 16 points per game, they face a strong Florida offense scoring almost four touchdowns per game. Chris Leak and Tim Tebow form a dynamic 1-2 punch behind center and are both capable of having big time performances in helping the Gators stride towards the SEC title game.
Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida 10/28 3:30 pm (CBS)
Line: Florida -14
Last season Florida was on the better side of a 14-10 outcome. Including 2005’s win the Gators have won eight of the last ten meetings and are 6-2 ATS in their last eight against Georgia.
UGA quarterbacks have only combined for eight touchdowns passes between the three of them this year. Chris Leak already ahs thrown for 15 and is doing so with a 63 percent completion clip.
Both teams come in with up and down numbers with the totals. Georgia is 3-4 while Florida is 2-5. The Bulldogs have only played two games away from home, however they are 2-0. Florida, on the other hand, is 1-1 away from the Swamp.
As good as the Georgia defense has been, Florida’s has been even more impressive. Allowing just 12 points per ball game, the Gators have stifled opponents and only have given up 20 points once this season. Against the Bulldogs, the Gators have allowed over 20 points just three of the last ten meetings.
Florida is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following a SU loss. However they are just 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Head to head the under has hit the last four meetings. Georgia is 1-6 ATS in their last seven meetings against the Gators.