Almost everybody seems to think this is the year Georgia ends its slump against Florida. Just don’t put Danny Wuerffel in that category.
Appearing on “The Drill” on 1010XL in Jacksonville, the former Heisman-winning Gators quarterback said he believes the Gators are well-positioned to pull off the upset against the Bulldogs when the teams meet at EverBank Field on October 28.
“I think this is set up for an upset,” said Wuerffel, who also discussed his annual golf tournament to raise funds for his Desire Street Ministries charity. “I think Georgia is just rolling and they’re really, really confident. But I think they have a few weaknesses – Missouri put up a bunch of points on them.”
One big reason: Call it the “Wicky-Wacky Effect.”
“There’s just something about this game that always goes wicky-wacky,” Wuerffel said.
It’s hard to argue with that. In the divisional play era alone, Gators and Bulldogs fans alike have seen plenty of “wicky-wacky” moments over the years.
2015: Mark Richt inexplicably chose to give Faton Bauta his first career start at quarterback instead of incumbent Greyson Lambert. The decision, to put it mildly, didn’t work. Bauta was intercepted four times and Florida rolled 27-3 in what proved to be Richt’s last Florida-Georgia game at the helm of the Bulldogs.
2014: The Michael McNeely game. Unless you were on the Florida team, you probably hadn’t heard of McNeely, a former walk-on who served as holder on field goals — until he took off for a 21-yard touchdown off a fake field goal. The play rates about a 10 on the Wicky-Wacky Scale, and helped Will Muschamp’s Gators knock off Georgia 38-20.
2007: There are celebration flags, and then there are celebration flags. In 2007, nearly the whole Bulldogs bench rushed the field to celebrate Knowshon Moreno’s first-quarter touchdown, drawing a cascade of penalty flags. Still, the odd motivational tactic worked, and Georgia upset the reigning national champions 42-30.
1993: This was Wuerffel’s first Florida-Georgia game, remembered for a play that never happened in atrocious conditions at the old Gator Bowl. A pre-snap timeout called by Gators freshman cornerback Anthone Lott nullified a tying Georgia touchdown in the last minute, and Florida ultimately hung on for a controversial 33-26 win.
This season’s Gators, who rank 106th nationally in total offense, haven’t yet come close to the offensive production of the Wuerffel years. He’s not joining the chorus of angry fans, but he understands their frustration.
“When you’re used to the Spurrier years and then the Urban years, the expectations are so high,” Wuerffel said. “It’s hard to be happy.”
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