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College football scouting report: Mississippi State Bulldogs at No. 22 Florida Gators, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 620-AM

No. 22 Florida vs. Mississippi State, 7 p.m., ESPNU, 620-AM

It's homecoming and Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC) will try to end its first two-game losing streak since 1997. UF continues to struggle offensively as it faces its former offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, now coach at MSU (4-2, 1-2). Mullen not only knows the Gators and coach Urban Meyer well, but he's bringing in a team that's averaging 31 points per game and plays a multiple defense that Meyer said could create problems. Maybe the best thing Florida has on its side is history. The Bulldogs haven't won in Gainesville since 1965.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

What to watch for …

One week after struggling to contain LSU's running game, Florida faces another team with a serious rushing threat. The Bulldogs average 211 rushing yards, and RB Vick Ballard, left, has scored at least one touchdown in each game this season to lead the SEC with 72 points and 11 rushing touchdowns — averaging 7.3 yards per carry. Meyer said red zone efficiency is a major concern — the Gators are 21-of-27 in the red zone this season, which ranks eighth in the 12-team SEC. Meanwhile, Mississippi State has allowed only seven touchdowns in 19 times when the ball has reached inside its 20-yard line.

College football scouting report: Mississippi State Bulldogs at No. 22 Florida Gators, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 620-AM 10/15/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 15, 2010 7:19pm]
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