Game Of Century On? No. 1 Georgia Routs Florida, And Tennessee May Be New No. 2

The game of the year and another edition of a Game of the Century may be on for Saturday in Athens, Georgia.

No. 1 Georgia took care of business by wiping out Florida, 42-20, Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Florida, to move to 8-0. Then No. 3 Tennessee dominated visiting No. 19 Kentucky, 44-6, Saturday night to also improve to 8-0.

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No. 2 Ohio State handled No. 13 Penn State, 44-31, early Saturday to also go to 8-0, but the Buckeyes trailed in the fourth quarter before finishing off the Nittany Lions. Tennessee’s win over a team ranked just six spots lower was much more impressive.

So, when the Coaches’ USA TODAY and media Associated Press polls come out Sunday, one or both polls could have Georgia at No. 1 and Tennessee at No. 2. To qualify for a Game of the Century, the matchup must be a No. 1 versus a No. 2.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 29: Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint of Georgia attempts to catch a pass during the first half of a game against Florida Saturday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Georgia, one of the top defenses in the nation, and Tennessee, one of the top offenses, kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Tennessee At Georgia Next Week Could Be Game Of Century

The last time a No. 1 played a No. 2 in the regular season was on Nov. 9, 2019, when No. 1 LSU won 46-41 at No. 2 Alabama and went on to win the national title. The previous regular season “Game of the Century” was on Nov. 5, 2011, when No. 1 LSU also won at No. 2 Alabama, 9-6, in overtime, but lost to Alabama, 21-0, in the national championship game the next Jan. 9. There have been dozens of others over the decades.

“It’ll be a fun one. Can’t wait,” Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett said when asked about the Tennessee game after his game. “We’ll see.”

Bennett completed 19 of 38 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yard connection with tight end Brock Bowers.

The No. 1 Bulldogs looked in top form with 556 yards of total offense. Georgia (5-0 in the SEC East) took a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter after touchdown drives of 66, 80 and 83 yards. It made it 28-3 early in the third quarter on a 75-yard drive.

Georgia tailback Daijun Edwards rushed just 12 times for 106 yards with a 22-yard touchdown for a 35-20 lead late in the third quarter.

Florida Gators Mounted A Comeback

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson got the Gators (4-4, 1-4 SEC) within 28-20 with 3:31 to play in the third period on a 78-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Xzavier Henderson, but any hopes of a comeback were short-lived. Richardson finished 18-of-37 passing for 271 yards.

Georgia systematically put the game away with two more touchdown drives for the 42-20 lead.

Florida, which plays at Texas A&M next week, has the same 4-4 record under first-year coach Billy Napier as Dan Mullen had at this point last year before being fired. But the 1-4 mark in the SEC is the Gators’ worst start since 1979.

“This is a sweet feeling,” Bennett said. “There’s something special about Georgia-Florida.”

Georgia beat Florida for the fifth time in seven games

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

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