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Georgia vs. Florida is the Capital One Bowl Game of the Week

This season, pick who you think will win the Capital One Bowl Game of the Week and WIN! Answer the question on the Capital One Bowl Facebook page before Saturday’s game. If you pick correctly, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to the Capital One Bowl on January 2, 2012!

Georgia leads series 46-40 (last meeting: Oct. 30, 2010: Florida 34, Georgia 31)

The No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs (5-2, 4-1 SEC) and the Florida Gators (4-3, 2-3 SEC) face off in Jacksonville this weekend for one of college football’s most storied rivalries. The rivalry began 1915 and is one of few such games still played at a neutral-site. The Gators hold a three-game winning streak over the Dawgs, including a 34-31 victory last year in the series’ first overtime game when Chas Henry drilled a 37-yard field goal as time expired.

After five consecutive wins, Georgia has a clearer path to the SEC Championship Game as they are tied with South Carolina for the lead in the Eastern division standings. The Bulldogs rank third in the conference in total offense averaging 457.6 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray threw for a career-high 326 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs 33-28 victory against Vanderbilt last weekend. He ranks second in the SEC behind Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, averaging 236.1 yards per game and seven touchdowns. Murray must improve from last year’s game when he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. The Gators converted all four turnovers into points en route to the overtime win.

Florida may get quarterback John Brantley back this weekend after he suffered a high-ankle injury in early October against Alabama. Without Brantley, the Gators have seen the worst three-game offensive stretch since 1988. They have averaged 9 points per game with true freshmen Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel rotating in at quarterback. Combined the two have completed 29 of 58 attempts for 287 yards with five interceptions and only one touchdown. The Gators will need to find some stability in their offense should Brantley not return this week. Defensively, Florida ranks third behind LSU and Alabama with 18.9 points allowed per game and third in passing defense allowing 168.4 yards per game.

Extra point: In each of the past three Florida-Georgia games, Georgia quarterbacks have thrown three interceptions, including Matthew Stafford in a 49-10 loss in 2008, Joe Cox in a 41-17 loss in 2009 and Murray last year.

Expert Picks

Michel Champagne Michel Champagne currently serves as Chairman of Florida Citrus Sports, where his duties include leading Team Selection Committee. He is the Vice President of Operations and General Manager, Orlando Region for Bright House Networks.
Pick: Georgia
Season Record: 7-5
Greg Warmoth Greg Warmoth spent 11 years as the weekend sports anchor for WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando before switching to the news desk in 1997. He currently anchors Eyewitness News Daybreak, Eyewitness News This Morning on TV-27 and Eyewitness News at Noon.
Pick: Florida
Season Record: 6-6
Marc Daniels Marc Daniels hosts The Beat Of Sports on ESPN 1080 AM in Orlando every weekday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Daniels has over 20 years of experience on the air and is most well known as “the Voice of the UCF Knights” for all football, men’s basketball and baseball games on the UCF ISP Sports Network.
Pick: Georgia
Season Record: 6-6
Jerry Greene Jerry Greene spent 33 years as a sportswriter at Florida Today, the Pensacola News Journal and the Orlando Sentinel before retiring in 2009. He now co-hosts The Beat of Sports with Daniels and contributes to ESPN.com’s Page 2 section.
Pick: Georgia
Season Record: 5-7
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