Florida vs Georgia: Prediction, Selection, Spread, Football Match Odds, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel

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The SEC Game of the Week on CBS will feature one of the most heated and storied rivalries that also happens to be one of the signature events of every college football season. Georgia and No. 1 Florida will play the game in Jacksonville with bragging rights on the line and the tone for the rest of the season will be set.

The Bulldogs bounced back from slow play in early October by surpassing the 40-point mark in each of the last two games (a 42-10 win over Auburn and a 55-0 win over Vanderbilt). The Gators had a bye week to lick their wounds after a 45-35 home loss to LSU.

What will happen on the banks of the St. Johns River on Saturday? Here’s a preview of the match with direct picks and against the spread.

Florida vs. Georgia: need to know

Richardson’s Golden Opportunity: Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson was one of the hottest players of the offseason. Stories about him as a potential first-round draft pick, budding superstar and Heisman contender were common. So far, it has failed to live up to those expectations.

The 6-foot-4, 232-pounder has more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (six), and he’s completed just 51.7 percent of his passes against SEC opponents. That’s going to have to change in this one. Richardson is an all-out stallion on the court, but Georgia’s defense is an unsolvable puzzle for one-dimensional teams. However, a week off is a perfect opportunity for Richardson to decompress and for the coaching staff to work on some of his shortcomings without having to focus more on game preparation than pure development.

Impact injuries: Georgia receiver Adonai Mitchell, who was expected to be one of the Bulldogs’ top deep threats, has just five catches this year and has been out since Week 3 with an ankle injury. “AD is an ankle sprain. And ankle sprains when you talk to everybody in the NFL and in college football, it’s hard to pinpoint a measurement,” coach Kirby Smart said Monday. “The first thing you look for is that they need to do the repair? They’re tightrope and things like Arian did. It wasn’t that kind of injury. But it persists. It’s a pain in the ass. So he’s fighting to come back and do whatever we ask.”

The status and potential impact of Stud defensive lineman Jalen Carter is also up in the air after he suffered a knee injury against Missouri and missed the last two games.

“As far as Jalen is concerned, it’s the knee right now. It’s the MCL,” Smart said. “But the degree of that, the severity of that just depends on the level of conditioning, how fast he can come back. He’s working to come back and we hope to get them both back.”

The week off may have come at the perfect time for these two stars to regain their health and return for the stretch run.

Can Georgia open it? Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett IV ranks third in the SEC in passing yards per game (290.4) and is tied for most completed passes 20 or more yards ( 30). That doesn’t bode well for a Florida defense that’s giving up 244.3 passing yards per game and just set on fire by LSU’s Jayden Daniels, who had 349 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. , in the Gators’ last game two weeks ago.

If Bennett lights up Florida, it will put the veteran back in the Heisman Trophy race and serve as a reminder that this Georgia offense is dangerous, balanced, and a perfect complement to their shattered defense.

How to watch Florida vs. Georgia live

Date: Saturday October 29 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: TIAA Bank Field — Jacksonville, Florida
TV: SCS | Direct: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app (free)

Florida vs Georgia prediction, picks

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Georgia will take the win and do it rather easily. Florida’s defense won’t have any answers to what Bulldogs offensive coordinator Todd Monken crafted over the bye week, and it’s impossible to create a scenario in which Richardson finally develops a passing game towards the bottom. That said, Smart will likely get his foot off the gas as soon as possible, allowing Florida to keep that within three touchdowns. Prediction: Florida +22.5

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