In what will be the fourth trip to Fayetteville for Florida, Arkansas hopes to beat the Gators for the first time since 1982.
Currently, Florida controls their own destiny. They lead the east with a 6-1 record and 4-1 in the conference. Their only loss came from Tennessee in late September. The Gators are hoping to come to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and advance their win streak to four.
Florida opened as a 4 point favorite over Arkansas with a predicted score of 27.8 to 26.4 Gators. Last week, Florida beat the Georgia Bulldogs 24-10, however, the score doesn’t reflect the total dominance that the Gators demonstrated.
The Florida Offense
When describing the Florida offense, you will not use the words flashy, exciting or fun, however, you can use the word consistent. The Gators run the same pro-style offense that Arkansas does.
Luke Del Rio will be making his first true SEC road start this Saturday against the Hogs. The Gators are 5-0 with Del Rio starting including four home wins and a neutral site win. Luke isn’t setting the world on fire, however, he is pretty clutch. He is completing 60 percent of his passes on third down. Florida overall is converting third downs 54.8 percent of the time. Nationally the Gators have the 70th ranked passing offense.
The rushing attack hasn’t been too much better either. Florida is ranked 67th in the nation in rushing. After seeing what Auburn did to Arkansas, Florida will almost certainly be trying to pound out their drives on the ground and run out some clock. You can expect running back, Jordan Scarlett to get the bulk of the carries on Saturday. The Gators aren’t getting a lot of explosiveness on the ground but Scarlette is consistent. He is averaging exactly 5 yards per carry this season.
The Florida offensive line has come along really slow this season. The line was not opening giant gaps for the run but they are coming along. The issue here is youth. Much like Arkansas, there is a lot of inexperience on the line. They rank 12th nationally in sacks this year. Arkansas will have to step up and START SETTING THE EDGE and MAINTAIN GAP CONTROL. Basically, they will have to do everything they haven’t done all season in order stop this Gator offense.