Georgia Football: 5 best victories over Gators since 2000

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1. Georgia football gives Kirby Smart first win over the Gators in 2017

The best victory since 2000 was the 2017 42-7 tail-whupping Georgia delivered to the Gators, giving second-year head coach Kirby Smart his first win over Florida.

After falling to Florida in 2016 24-10 and giving the Gators three straight wins, Smart had a team led by a true freshman quarterback and a veteran defense, which was the perfect recipe for success.

Georgia wouldn’t let the Gators score until the fourth quarter when the Dawgs put in their backups. This game moved No. 3 Georgia to 8-0 on the season and keep the season hopes of an SEC championship alive.

Despite the one blunder against Auburn, Georgia went on to beat the Tigers in Atlanta and win the first SEC title since 2005.

Fromm didn’t have to do it with his arm as he threw just seven passes the entire game, going 4-of-7 for 101 yards, a touchdown and one interception.

Nope, the incredible rush attack led by veterans Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, giving them their first win over Florida.

They came back for a reason, and one of them was to get this victory.

Michel led the way with six carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 22.8 yards a touch. Chubb had 13 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. Elijah Holyfield had four carries for 49 yards and one score.

Georgia truly distributed the wealth among its running backs, and Florida had no answer for them.

Even with the Gators recording 183 rushing yards, they scored once because Georgia’s defense did their thing.

The Gators couldn’t get much down on offense as the Dawgs defense finished with eight tackles for loss, five sacks, a forced fumble and recovery, and 18 quarterback hurries.

Georgia was on a revenge tour in 2017, and they accomplished all their goals outside winning a title.

This game tops all of them because it allowed Georgia to stay perfect on the season and show what football team Smart wanted. They may have been the second-year squad, but this group set the tone for success in the Smart era, and so far, the ones following them are maintaining the expectations.

To beat your biggest rival by 35 points is absolutely incredible, and Georgia made a statement when they needed to.

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Georgia has a similar situation on Saturday against the Gators. After losing to them last year, the revenge tour will be complete if they get the big win to stay undefeated and focus on winning it all.