Thursday, December 14, 2017
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College football preview: No. 18 Florida vs. Arkansas, 7 Saturday, ESPN2, 1250-AM

No. 18 Florida vs. Arkansas, 7, ESPN2, 1250-AM

This is the first home night game for the Gators (3-1, 2-0 SEC) since 2011, and nighttime at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium has proven to be daunting for opponents. Since 1990, Florida has won 40 of 49 games kicking off after 6 p.m. Florida QB Tyler Murphy has shown great poise the past two weeks but will make his first start at the Swamp against a Razorbacks pass rush that has an SEC-leading 15 sacks this season.

Watch out for …

Florida leads the nation in time of possession and Arkansas (3-2, 0-1) is ranked No. 13 so expect both teams to try to put together successful, methodical offensive possessions. Florida will pit its nation-leading run defense (53.5 yards per game) against Arkansas freshman (and Fort Lauderdale native) Alex Collins, who has rushed for 100 or more yards in four of his five games this season. Both teams expect an old-school, smash-mouth kind of game. "It will be fun to see those teams match up," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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