The Florida Gators football team enters this weekend’s matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs unranked, but not without hope.
The winner of this week’s Florida-Georgia game will still have a chance (however slim) in the SEC East race, while the loser’s season will be over for all intents and purposes. So while some out there may be thinking this game is lacking in its usual luster, there is still plenty to play for on both sides.
Florida may have had last weekend off, but its hopes of winning the Eastern division gained new life. Missouri had a chance to basically clinch the East with a win over South Carolina, but instead fell to the Gamecocks 27-24 in overtime.
The door has now been left slightly open for Florida to regain control of the East. Although, it won’t be easy as Missouri owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Florida.
If the Gators were to reach Atlanta, it would be no small feat. Florida would need to beat Georgia this weekend, then Vanderbilt at home on homecoming, then head to Columbia and knock off South Carolina on the road.
This scenario appears even more difficult when looking at Florida’s success (or lack thereof) against these three teams in recent years. For starters, Florida is 0-2 versus Georgia under head coach Will Muschamp. Vanderbilt is no longer the pushover it once was and in its last two meetings Florida has defeated the Commodores by only a combined 19 points. The Gators have also lost two out of their last three meetings with the Gamecocks. On top of all that, Florida would need Missouri to lose at least two more games.
So, Florida’s chances are slim, but it’s like the great Lloyd Christmas once said, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.”