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October 22, 2012

Georgia survives to set up showdown with Florida

ATLANTA — Cheering for Florida was easy for Aaron Murray and the Georgia Bulldogs when the Gators were playing South Carolina.

Now comes the hard part: It's No. 12 Georgia's turn to play the undefeated and No. 3 Gators in Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida's 44-11 victory over South Carolina on Saturday made it possible for Georgia to control its fate in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.

Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) trails only Florida (7-0, 6-0) in the East after struggling to beat Kentucky 29-24 on Saturday night. Murray lifted the Bulldogs with his career-best 427 yards passing and four touchdowns.

If Georgia wins the rest of its conference games, it would finish with no worse than a tie for first with Florida in the division and would play in its second straight SEC championship game.

"We know what this game means for us and for Florida," Georgia coach Mark Richt Sunday night. "I would say our guys are excited about the opportunity to play this game and have it mean as much as it means right now."

Richt said he doesn't expect defensive end Abry Jones, who hurt his left ankle in the first quarter of Saturday night's game, to play against Florida.

"Right now at this minute I'd say there's a good chance he'll be out," Richt said.

Richt said Jones will be checked by team doctors on Monday.

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones missed the Kentucky game because of a sprained right ankle and is expected back this week.

"My hope is he'll be able to practice as early as Monday," Richt said. "... He's definitely been making progress. I think there's a very good chance he'll play, but again if he's not healthy enough to go then we're not going to do it."

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