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

One of the most storied rivalries and one of the signature events in college football is back on Saturday on The SEC on CBS Game of the Week. No. 1 Georgia and Florida meet in Jacksonville with bragging rights on the line and the tone for the rest of the season for each team to be determined.

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

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

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Richardson’s golden opportunity: Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson was one of the most hyped players of the offseason. Stories about him as a potential first-round draft pick, budding superstar and Heisman contender were common. So far, he has not lived up to those expectations.

The 6-foot-4, 232-pounder has more interceptions (seven) than touchdown passes (six) and has completed just 51.7 percent of his passes against SEC opponents. That will have to change in this one. Richardson is a flawless player on the field, but Georgia’s defense is an impossible puzzle to solve for one-dimensional teams. However, the bye week is a perfect chance for Richardson to unload 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 wide receiver Adonai Mitchell, who was expected to be one of the Bulldogs’ primary deep threats, has just five catches on the year and has been out since Week 3 with an ankle injury. “AD is a high ankle sprain. And a high ankle sprain, when you talk to everybody in the NFL and in college football, it’s hard to put an exact measurement on,” coach Kirby Smart said Monday. “The first thing you look for is, do they have to do the repair? They do tightrope and things like Ariane. His injury was not of that kind. But she continues. It’s a pain in the ass. come back and do whatever we ask.”

Stud cornerback Jalen Carter’s status and potential impact is also up in the air after he injured his knee against Missouri and missed the last two games.

“In terms of Jalen, it’s the knee right now. That’s the MCL,” Smart said. “But the extent of it, the severity of it just depends on the level of fitness, how quickly he can come back. He’s working to get back and we’re hoping to get both of them back.”

The bye week may have come at the perfect time for these two stars to get healthy and return for the stretch run.

Can Georgia open it up? Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett IV ranks third in the SEC in passing yards per game (290.4) and is tied for the most completions of 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 got torched by LSU’s Jaden Daniels, who had 349 passing yards and three touchdowns during the Gators’ last game two weeks.

If Bennett lights up Florida, it would 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 its lights-out defense.

How to watch Florida vs Georgia live

Date: Saturday, October 29 | time: 3:30 a.m. ET
Location: TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, FL
television: CBS | Live Stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)

Florida vs. Georgia Prediction, Picks

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Georgia will take the win and do so quite easily. Florida’s defense will have no answer for what Bulldogs offensive coordinator Todd Monken has mapped out in the bye week, and it’s impossible to create a scenario where Richardson finally develops a passing game downfield. With that said, Smart will likely take his foot off the gas as quickly as possible, allowing Florida to keep this within three touchdowns. Prediction: Florida +22.5

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