On October twenty eighth, the undefeated No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs will head to Jacksonville to tackle the 5-2 Florida Gators in what was referred to as the World’s Largest Out of doors Cocktail Occasion, however is now identified merely because the “Georgia-Florida” rivalry or the “Battle for the Oar.”
TALE OF THE TAPE
Collection Started: Is dependent upon which fanbase you ask. If it’s Georgia, they’ll say it began in 1904, however Florida followers say the sequence didn’t start till 1915.
Collection Historical past: In line with Georgia, the sequence sits at 55-44-2, however Florida says it’s a bit nearer at 54-44-2.
Latest Historical past: Georgia has received 5 of the previous six conferences.
Winningest Coaches within the Collection: Vince Dooley is the winningest coach, compiling 16 wins from 1964 by 1988 as head coach of the Bulldogs, whereas Steve Spurrier went 11-1 as Florida’s head coach from 1990 by 2001.
Largest Victory: Georgia claims this title after incomes a 75-0 win in opposition to the Gators again in 1942.
BAD BLOOD BEGINS
This gridiron confrontation has a begin date that could be a level of rivalry between the 2 fan bases. You see, when Georgia first met the “College of Florida” in 1904, it wasn’t the UF we all know at present however quite certainly one of it’s predecessors primarily based in Lake Metropolis that’s about 45 miles to the north. The faculty was truly referred to as the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical School on the time and the Bulldogs received that contest 52-0 n Macon, Ga.
Florida followers don’t rely this recreation as a part of the sequence as a result of they argue that the precise College of Florida wasn’t established till 1905 and didn’t area it’s first group till 1906. Georgia followers wish to level out that they’ll’t management the place the College of Florida was situated and they also rely the 1904 matchup as a victory.
One factor they’ll agree on is that the primary true College of Florida vs. College of Georgia soccer recreation was in 1915 and has been performed yearly since 1926 (apart from 1943 when Florida didn’t area a group as a result of World Battle II).
The Florida-Georgia recreation hasn’t all the time been performed in Jacksonville, however has often been performed at a impartial web site because of the restricted capability of Florida’s first stadium, Fleming Discipline.
With a capability of simply 5,000 folks, it was far too small to carry video games in opposition to huge title faculty groups. To handle their huge time soccer video games, they needed to discover different services. So for six of the primary 9 conferences, the 2 groups met in numerous areas together with: Jacksonville, Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Tampa, Fla.
Finally the faculties wanted to discover a extra everlasting place to play and as a result of proximity of Jacksonville to the Georgia-Florida line, in addition to the convenience at which railroads may carry followers of each colleges to town, that’s the place they determined to play.
Finally, as a result of financial influence the sport had on town, it started to pay for the groups’ journey bills and supply a hefty monetary reward to each groups to make sure that the placement would stay the identical, regardless of calls to make it a home-and-home sequence.
In actual fact, the quantity of tailgating in and across the stadium led the press to time period the sport the “World’s Largest Out of doors Cocktail Occasion.” Though every college has since come to shun the phrase in an effort to discourage extreme ingesting.
FLORIDA’S FIRST WIN
In 1928, the Gators entered the Georgia matchup having misplaced all 5 (or six) matchups by a mixed rating of 184-9 (or 236-9 when you’re a Georgia fan). However that each one ended on November 10 in Savannah, GA., when Charley Bachman’s Gators lastly received 26-6.
Gator followers have been so ecstatic they didn’t even watch for the sport to finish to have fun. Halfway by the 4th quarter, they rushed the sphere and tried to tear down the objective posts. Georgia followers wouldn’t permit that and rushed on to the sphere after them, resulting in fist fights breaking out on the field with the police unable to revive order. It appears as if Georgia followers, not seeing the traditional beatdown on the sphere, have been decided to get one a technique or one other.
The 1993 model of the rivalry wouldn’t be remembered for the mud and the rain that accompanied the sport, however quite the timeout taken by Florida player Anthone Lott simply earlier than Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier threw the sport tying landing.
Georgia would get two extra tries to seek out the top zone however could be unable to attain within the Gators’ 33-26 win. These Gators went on to be 11-2 and win each the SEC and Sugar Bowl.
In 2007, the Georgia Bulldogs entered the rivalry recreation having misplaced 15 of the final 17 conferences with the Gators. Head coach Mark Richt wished to infuse some life into his group in hopes of motivating them in direction of a victory and instructed the group to get an extreme celebration penalty after scoring their first landing. Whereas Richt solely meant for it to be the 11 gamers on the sphere, it ended up being the entire team in a comical second that grew to become referred to as the “Gator Stomp.”
The Bulldogs went on to win that recreation 42-30 on their option to an 11-2 season and Sugar Bowl victory.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023
Web site: Everbank Stadium – Jacksonville, FL
Time: 3:30pm ET
Will Florida put an finish to Georgia’s streak of 19 straight weeks at No. 1?