This is a battle the Bulldogs have to win. With Joe Tereshinski at quarterback, they are just short of desperate to get the running game back on track. Look for Thomas Brown to get the bulk of the work. Florida, which is sixth in the SEC in rushing, has turned to power back DeShawn Wynn after rotating earlier in the year.
Both quarterbacks have plenty to prove this week. Florida’s Chris Leak is being blamed for the Gators’ lackluster offense, but he’s still third in the league in total yards (222.7). He’s yet to throw an interception against the Bulldogs. Tereshinski has yet to throw a touchdown pass against anybody. He’ll be making his first start against a tough defense.
There’s liable to be a lot of punting today as two of the best defenses in the country meet. Florida is fifth in the nation in total defense and 11th in scoring defense. Georgia is 14th in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. There are two chief differences. First, Florida’s defense catches a break by not having to face D.J. Shockley. Second, the Bulldogs’ defense is still beat up. Kedric Golston remains out. Brandon Miller will be limited, and Tony Taylor and Gerald Anderson are back after a long layoff. Edge: Florida
Georgia seems to be returning to the glory special teams days of 2002, when it always seemed to be making a big play in the kicking game. Thomas Flowers is 11th in the country in punt returns, and punter Gordon Ely-Kelso and placekicker Brandon Coutu are playing so well that Mark Richt said this week he wouldn’t trade them for any duo in the league. The Gators struggle with punt returns (11th in SEC) and kickoff coverage (10th). Florida's Chris Hetland hasn’t missed a field goal this year, but he’s only tried eight.