Despite the fact that neither Georgia nor Florida are both ranked going into the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party for the first time since 2010, and despite the fact that this game (if we are being completely honest with ourselves) really won’t have that much bearing on the SEC East race, this game is still a big deal.
Though being broadcast on the prime 3:30 CBS slot, it might not have the national importance like last year’s match up had; it is still a big deal.
It is a little different this year because neither team has bigger aspirations beyond the game itself. This is the only time outside 2010 neither team is really competing for a National Championship or SEC title. Every other year since 2001 one or both of the teams have been vying for something bigger.
There have been big moments in recent years. Terrance Edwards dropping a wide open pass. Georgia only going 1-2 against Zook. The Endzone celebration. Meyer’s revenge. The ugly helmets. Comeback to overtime before falling short. Rallying back in 2011. Winning a thrilling game last year.
But the game itself is a big deal, and don’t let anyone tell you differently or shrug it off due to our subpar record or the injuries on the team.
The biggest reason this game is important is the opportunity to turn the tide in the rivalry.
Losing 17/20 has been well documented (to put it lightly).
But Georgia has an opportunity to win 3 in a row for the first time since the late 1980s. Georgia has currently won 2 in a row and has 4/9. If Georgia wins Saturday, they have the opportunity to win 5/10.
That would be huge in turning the tide against the Gators.
In Florida’s 5 victories since 2004, they have margin of victory of 4, 7, 39, 24 and 3 points. Georgia’s 4 victories have a margin of 7, 12, 4 and 8. The blowout losses came when they had Tebow and company, so I tend to think even if the Gators win, it will be close. But, selfishly, I want to win by a large margin. But, I’d take any win.
A win Saturday will salvage the season for Georgia. It is big in context of the season.
A win Saturday will make the rivalry even again. It is big in the context of history.
It is big, period.
Resist the urge to stay on Saint Simon’s Island and party it up.
Show up, be loud, and help our guys hunker down one more time.