Former Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to discuss the Florida-Georgia rivalry game this weekend.
“The Florida-Georgia rivalry is a great game,” Del Rio told 1010XL. “I actually wish they did it, Florida one year at home and then in Jacksonville, then Georgia one year at home and then in Jacksonville. But, I also understand that people love going to the ‘World’s Largest Cocktail Party’ every year.
“It’s really a great event and a respected rivalry because there’s not really a hatred, even between fan bases. I have plenty of friends that went to Georgia and plenty of friends that went to Florida and there is no bad blood really.
“They beat us really bad last year, 42-7, and obviously we want to get revenge, but there is not that disrespect aspect which is nice and refreshing because there seems to be that all over the country. This is unique and I think we are in store for a really good Top 10 matchup on Saturday.”
Florida sits at 6-1, ranked in the Top 10 in the country, that is a far cry from what most though of the Gators just a few weeks ago. Del Rio was asked how Florida has been able to improve so quickly with first year head coach Dan Mullen.
“The Mississippi State game was huge and it was that game that gave them confidence,” Del Rio said. “A win like that on the road against the SEC West, who we have struggled with, then we get a win over LSU the following week in an electric environment, those two wins really propelled us to where we are now. As a program and as a team, wins like that build confidence and momentum
“I did not expect us to be 6-1. After the Kentucky game, I thought we might have six wins all season and to be honest, even after the Colorado State game I was very unimpressed. Everybody was just looking at the scoreboard, but they weren’t looking at how we were scoring and how everything was happening.
“I was not impressed with our offensive line, I was not impressed with our inconsistent defense, but we have patched some of the holes, guys got healthy and I think the bye week came at a great time.
“I really do think that this is going to be a close game and it’s going to come down to, just like against LSU, physicality and who can control the line of scrimmage. I think that team is going to end up winning.”
Speaking of Mullen, Del Rio loves what he sees from him.
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