The SEC East race is making for strange bedfellows.
Murray knows for his team to have a chance to win the SEC East No. 2 Florida (6-0, 5-0 SEC) needs to handle South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) in the Swamp. Georgia (5-1, 3-1) then would need to defeat Florida next weekend in Jacksonville to assume the driver's seat in the East.
"I think everyone has a free pass as a Georgia fan to root for them," Murray said of the Gators. "I'm not saying deck out in Florida gear but definitely we would be a little happier if they came out with a victory on Saturday."
Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks routed Murray's Bulldogs 35-7 on Oct. 6, and with a win Saturday would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Georgia, which meets 27 1/2-point underdog Kentucky (1-6. 0-4) this weekend. To win the East, the Bulldogs then would need to beat the Gators and hope for a major slip-up by South Carolina at home Nov. 10 against Arkansas (2-4, 2-2).
While Spurrier views beating Florida, his alma mater, as a necessary evil, the Head Ball Coach loves nothing more than beating Georgia. Spurrier has never forgotten how the Bulldogs ruined his magical, 1966 Heisman-winning season with a 27-10 win of the 7-0 Gators.
A win on Saturday would give Spurrier a chance to stick it to Georgia again in the span of two weeks.