Zucker: My Gut Says Florida Beats Georgia

Adam Zucker does not believe Georgia, with its "predictable" offense, will beat the Gators in Jacksonville

The DA Show
October 25, 2019 - 12:22 pm

Entering the college football season, Adam Zucker, like a lot of college football analysts, considered Georgia an elite team – a team capable of winning a national championship.

But after the last two weeks – Georgia lost at home to South Carolina and was held scoreless in the first half against Kentucky – Zucker has had to rethink that.

“Last week’s game was in just a total mud-storm, but they still had no points at halftime,” Adam Zucker said on The DA Show. “But they also shut out Kentucky. I think their defense is really good. We knew that their offense was going to be missing their wide receivers. They didn’t have (Elijah) Holyfield in the backfield, but I thought that Dalvin Cook’s brother, James Cook, and Zamir White were going to be more explosive for them.”

As a team, No. 8 Georgia (6-1) is averaging 6.1 yards per carry, but the passing game hasn’t been nearly as potent. Jake Fromm has thrown for 1,406 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions in seven games.

“Their offense has looked a bit predictable and just not world-beaters the way some of these offenses are right now,” Zucker said. “We used to look at the top four teams in the country, and you could go look at the top four scoring defenses, and get the same four teams. Now it’s the top four scoring offenses that give you the best teams. So there is something missing.”

Georgia’s loss to South Carolina was, in a word, stunning. The Bulldogs fought back to force overtime but couldn’t get the win.

“Was it as big an upset as Illinois over Wisconsin?” Zucker asked. “No way. Until South Carolina lost its opener, this was looking like Will Muschamp’s best team since he got to South Carolina. So it’s been a funky season for sure. They’re a solid team.”

Georgia plays No. 6 Florida (7-1) in Jacksonville on Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

“I don’t think Georgia beats Florida next week in yet another top-10 matchup that we have,” Zucker said. “My gut would be that Florida beats Georgia, which is not something I would have said a month ago.”

A win over Georgia would put Florida in prime position to reach the SEC Championship for the third time in five seasons. Could the Gators hang with No. 1 LSU (8-0) or No. 2 Alabama (8-0)?

“I don’t know about that,” Zucker said, “but they hung with LSU in Baton Rouge for a while.”