Georgia and Florida have a longstanding rivalry on the field. The Gators were the better program for a while, but the Bulldogs have vaulted their way into dominant status.
Georgia has won the last two meetings between the two and five of the last eight. The Bulldogs have also won two straight SEC East titles.
Naturally, there is bound to be some trash talk between the programs. Earlier this spring, Florida head coach Dan Mullen angered Georgia fans when he appeared to take a shot at the Bulldogs for losing five-star quarterback Justin Fields to transfer.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was asked about Mullen’s comments by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum. If you’re expecting a war of words, you will be disappointed.
Smart wants his team to do its talking on the field.
“I just don’t know that there is a lot that we control by the words we say. Football is so much to me is played between the lines and the physicality of the people that play it. We are going to play a brand of football at Georgia that is physical and tough. We do not really want to talk to the opponents.
“If I go out and do that as a coach, how do I look to my players? It is not something that I enjoy doing or want to do. I just want to go work really hard and grind and play the game and may the best team win.
“I just don’t think you need that. That is not going to make Georgia great. We are not going to move up in the rankings by what I say. We are going to do it by how we play. We want to talk with our helmets. That is what we always talk about – we want to play a physical brand of football and not do it with our mouthpiece.”
Smart and the Bulldogs will have the chance to make it three in a row against the Gators on November 2.
There’s a good chance that game decides the SEC East. Georgia is No. 3 in many early top 25 rankings while Florida is pegged as a likely preseason top-10 team.
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