JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Gov. Brian Kemp has an extra reason to be on the edge of his seat for Saturday's matchup between Georgia and Florida.
The die-hard Georgia football fan placed an epic bet Friday with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the outcome of the annual grudge match in Jacksonville.
"We need the help. We're making progress. But I'd love to see the Gators win and Governor Kemp come down there," said DeSantis. "And who knows - you may even end up with a pair of python boots on the end of it."
And if the Bulldogs win? DeSantis would head to south Georgia to track down feral hogs that have ravaged the state's farmland.
"I know that wild hog sausage is a lot better than python," said Kemp. "So let's go Dawgs. Hunker down. We gotta get another one in Jacksonville."
It sure puts a lot more on the line than the typical gubernatorial bet -- a gift basket or two of each states' finest produce.
And maybe they'll chat about the long-running water wars court battle that's costing both states tens of millions of dollars.
Kemp, an Athens native and UGA graduate, has ties so deep to the school that they helped shape his 2018 run for office.
He steeped his campaign in the hues of deep red and black, lacing his speeches with catchphrases from Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
His passion for UGA runs so deep that Democrats tried to get under his skin at a home game against Tennessee by flying a banner above Sanford Stadium that read: "@BrianKemp says … Go Vols."
Still, even if Georgia wins, Kemp has already suffered a football-related dig from another state leader.
Kemp met with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday to discuss what was described as "collaboration, communication and cooperation" across state lines.
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