Florida Gators at Arkansas Razorbacks game preview – FOXSports.com
TV: CBS Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
With the calendar turning to November, Florida is in position to win the Southeastern Conference’s East Division for a second consecutive season.
But first, the Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) must survive a stretch of tough road games, beginning Saturday at Arkansas. The Gators and Razorbacks (5-3, 1-3) meet at Donald W. Reynolds-Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Florida was ranked 11th on Tuesday in the first College Football Playoff standings. Arkansas did not make the Top 25.
Though the Razorbacks haven’t beaten the Gators since joining the SEC in 1992, Florida coach Jim McElwain says Arkansas has established a physical identity under fourth-year coach Bret Bielema.
“Bret’s done an outstanding job with that program, and what they’ve done as a program in November, take a look at that,” McElwain said. “They have finished and really closed every year that he’s been there.
“For our guys going into that environment, I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to our guys experiencing that. That’s what playing at a place like Florida is all about, for those opportunities to go in and match yourself in an uncomfortable place.”
Florida will enter the matchup with confidence after posting a 24-10 win over rival Georgia in Jacksonville. That win, combined with Tennessee’s loss to South Carolina, puts Florida two games up on the Vols and a half-game up on Kentucky in the SEC East.
The Gators can clinch the SEC East title with two wins in their last three conference games, which includes a home game against South Carolina on Nov. 12 and a road game at LSU on Nov. 19.
“We have to win out,” Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio said. “It’s not like we have any breathing room.”
Arkansas is coming off a bye after a 56-3 loss