When it comes to the Florida-Georgia rivalry, you can throw out all the records and off-field distractions.
While both teams have had losing skids in the first half of the 2011 season as a result of stiff competition, nothing will stop Gators or Bulldogs fans from converging on the River City for one of Jacksonville's oldest traditions.
The Gators (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a bye after losing to Auburn the previous week, their third straight loss. Florida lost back-to-back games to top five teams Alabama and LSU earlier this month and have been dealing with the loss of senior quarterback John Brantley.
Meanwhile, Georgia (5-2, 4-1 SEC) has won five straight since dropping its first two games to Boise State and South Carolina. The Bulldogs are also coming to Jacksonville off a bye week and looking to end a three-year losing streak to the Gators.
The winner of Saturday's game will remain in the hunt for the SEC East Division title.
The host city, Jacksonville, is preparing for the influx of fans and revelers, with special activities scheduled Tuesday through Saturday [Click here for more].
Sam Kouvaris and the local station's sports team will provide full coverage as the Gators and Bulldogs prepare and head for Jacksonville, with a prime-time special Thursday. Coverage of festivities surrounding the game will be part of newscasts beginning Wednesday.
Watch the "Bite Vs. Bark" special at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and full coverage in every newscast through Saturday.