Arkansas still looking for first SEC win over Florida – News Chief
By Kurt VoigtThe Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has at least one win over every team in the Southeastern Conference since joining the league in 1992.
That is, with the exception of Florida.
Whether in Fayetteville, Gainesville or even Atlanta for two SEC championship game losses, the Razorbacks (5-3, 1-3 SEC) have been unable to solve the mystery of the mighty Gators — from Steve Spurrier’s Fun ‘n’ Gun era to Urban Meyer and jump-passing Tim Tebow.
Arkansas has lost all nine of its SEC games with its SEC East counterpart, a streak that Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema is well aware of and hopes to end to when hosting the No. 10 Gators (6-1, 4-1) on Saturday.
“You don’t just ignore it,” Bielema said. “You don’t put it in the back of your head and act like it’s not there. To me, that’s a very fun thing to bring up. It’s their chance to do something that’s never been done.”
While history might serve as limited motivation this week for the Razorbacks, it’s likely they have plenty of other emotional fuel available following a 56-3 loss to No. 11 Auburn two weeks ago — Bielema’s worst loss in four seasons at Arkansas.
That loss came after eight straight games to open the season, and Bielema is counting on last week’s bye to help the Razorbacks recover physically and mentally following the beat down by the Tigers.
They’ll face a Florida team that’s won three straight games and enters Saturday with the country’s second-ranked defense — allowing an average of only 239.9 yards per game.
The Gators might not look as pretty at times as they did under Spurrier or Meyer, but fifth-year coach Jim McElwain has the wins coming, just the same.
“I think we’re playing to the strengths