As we explained this morning, the SEC East race has opened up a bit thanks to South Carolina’s upset of Missouri on Saturday. The Tigers still lead and the Gamecocks are in the next best shape, but Georgia and Florida aren’t out of the picture just yet.
Georgia coach Mark Richt — who’ll attempt to win a third straight game over Florida this weekend — has said as much:
“We still have a chance to win the East and I’m sure that’s what (Georgia and Florida) are still fighting desperately for. We know there’s no margin for error. We can be perfect from here on out and still not get there, but there’s still a lot more of our season to be played.
Until it’s impossible, then we’ll think about another goal, but right now we’re focused on still trying to win the East.”
Georgia won in Jacksonville 24-20 in 2011. They won last year’s meeting 17-9. During the offseason, Will Muschamp made headlines by telling a booster club that UGA’s win streak would be short-lived. (What’s he supposed to tell a booster club?) And now the two schools meet in what amounts to an East Division elimination game.
That would not have been the case if Missouri could have held on for 13 more minutes in regulation or for one fourth-and-goal play in overtime.