Rankings of Florida opponents to date - FBS - scoring offense:
- North Texas
The only team on that list above Arkansas is Mizzou. Their schedule gave them the chance to score 70 on Delaware State, 61 on Eastern Michigan, 45 vs. Middle Tennessee. Mizzou scored 7-27 against WVa, Georgia, LSU, Florida and Kentucky.
Florida has looked great on film (except for the second half of the Tennessee game), of course. How good are they really?
They have some good-looking stats, but here are some interesting national rankings for them.
- Pass completion %
- Passes had intercepted
- Rushing offense, scoring offense
- Passing offense
- Passing efficiency
- Tackles for losses
- Kickoff return defense
- Fumbles recovered
- First downs - offense
- Penalties per game
- Red zone offense
This game looms as a big opportunity for the Razorbacks. Like almost everybody, I have no idea what to expect from the Hogs this weekend.
Anybody else remember the O-for-October year, 2003? Our first November game was at Kentucky, another ridiculous multi-overtime affair. Only it was like a dirge. The Hogs were sluggish, should have put away Kentucky but played down to their level. Managed to eke out a win. Five days later, Arkansas beat South Carolina in a Thursday night game, 28-6. Won two more before closing with an ugly loss at LSU (Saban’s best team there).
This team has been really unpredictable. The season in sequence:
- Underperformed at home, barely won.
- Mostly good road performance, won by 3.
- Dominating at home.
- Close for three quarters, blew chances, lost big at Arlington.
- Blowout win at LR.
- Mostly ugly loss at home.
- Surprisingly good win at home.
- Maybe the ugliest road loss in the SEC era. Barely had a pulse.
THERE IS NO PATTERN. Is there?
If the pattern is “the better the opposing Dline is, the worse we are,” then we’re probably doomed on Saturday.
Can Arkansas do anything to patch up the glaring weaknesses that have sabotaged three games? Can anyone be pulled into the rotation from the bench? Can players change positions? Anything?
In our losses, it has looked like we were thoroughly scouted, understood inside out and attacked in all the right spots. Can that be solved? Or minimized?