Murray, Dawgs to Pull for Gators... Once
Aaron Murray

Posted Oct 18, 2012


ATHENS – Aaron Murray isn't asking Georgia fans to wear Florida's orange and blue on Saturday.

He's not expecting to see Bulldogs fans doing the Gator chomp.

All the same, the quarterback said Georgia fans can cheer for Florida against South Carolina on Saturday, if only for that one day.

''I definitely am,'' Murray said.

Murray realizes No. 13 Georgia, which plays at Kentucky on Saturday night, needs help in the Southeastern Conference East Division race. Florida can provide that help.

Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) trails Florida and South Carolina in the division. The Bulldogs could move to the top of the East if Florida tops South Carolina while Georgia beats Kentucky and beats Florida next week.

Go Gators? Murray smiled at the suggestion.

''I think everyone has a free pass as a Georgia fan to root for them,'' Murray said. ''I'm not saying deck out in Florida gear but definitely we would be a little happier if they came out with a victory on Saturday.''

Georgia was off last week after its lopsided 35-7 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 6. The loss robbed Georgia of its ability to control its fate in the division.

''It definitely stinks we're not in the driver's seat right now and we definitely have a lot of work to do,'' Murray said. ''We have to make sure we win the remainder of our games. If we lose even one more, we have no shot of getting to Atlanta.''

The Bulldogs' hopes in the division were lifted when South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) lost to LSU last week. The Gamecocks would win a tie-breaker with Georgia if each team finishes with one conference loss.

Florida (6-0, 5-0 SEC) is left as the only undefeated team in the East. Georgia plays Florida next week in Jacksonville. With a win next week, Georgia would win a tie-breaker with the Gators.

Coach Mark Richt has reminded his players the Bulldogs can still win the division.

Richt uses the 2011 season as a history lesson for his team. Georgia started last season 0-2, including a loss to South Carolina. It closed the regular season with 10 straight wins to advance to the SEC championship game, where it lost to LSU.

''We know we've got to play as if we do control our own destiny,'' Richt said Wednesday. ''If anything does break for us to put it back in our hands, we better be ready for that opportunity. We were there last year. We know what it felt like. We just knew we had to keep grinding and play hard. We had to keep winning. That's all we're trying to do right now.''

Richt doesn't want his team, which is favored by 27 1/2 points against Kentucky (1-6, 0-4 SEC), looking ahead to the Florida game.

''We need to beat Kentucky right now,'' Richt said. ''That's really all I'm worried about right now, and then the next week we'll worry about that game.''

After playing Kentucky and Florida, Georgia closes its SEC schedule with games against Mississippi and Auburn.

When asked if his team is good enough to win the remainder of its conference games, Richt said ''We're a pretty good team, and we thought we could beat anyone we play when the season began, so that hasn't changed.''


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