Hurricane Sandy could shut down passing attacks in Florida-Georgia game

The Gators have spent most of this week preparing for Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones, but they might be going against Hurricane Sandy as well.

The storm is expected to roll up the Atlantic Ocean this week and could produce strong winds in Jacksonville on Saturday when No. 3 Florida takes on No. 12 Georgia at EverBank Field (3:30 p.m., CBS). Weather forecasters are predicting wind up to 45 miles per hour for the game. There also is a modest chance of rain.

If anything, the unusual weather could favor Florida. The Gators threw just 32 passes over the past two games anyway and rank last in the SEC in passing yardage. Georgia averages nearly 30 passes per game and is No. 4 in the conference with an average of 281.7 passing yards.

Gators DC Dan Quinn said the weather has been a consideration and thought back to times in his career where it worked for and against him.

“You’ll know, OK, if (they have the wind at their back) we might see more throws on a certain drive or a certain quarter,” he said. “I’ve definitely been a part of that. You just have to be aware during that time of the game you may get more than one style of a game.

“If it’s a big wind sometimes you’re still defending it, but a lot of times it has to depend on the quarterback. He’ll throw the ball a little bit further down, the ball can’t float up, depending on how windy it is.”

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