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Three key matchups

RB Darren McFadden vs. Florida's front seven

McFadden, the most prolific runner in the SEC, is most likely headed to New York next week for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. His strength is versatility. He can run, but he also can line up behind center and run or pass. Florida's defense is tops in the league in stopping the run, which makes this potentially the most intriguing matchup of the game. Florida linebacker Earl Everett is questionable with an ankle injury and if he can't go, the Gators will use freshman Brandon Spikes. And remember this wild card: Felix Jones needs 39 yards to give the Hogs just the third tandem of 1,000-yard rushers in SEC history.

Florida CB Ryan Smith vs. WR Marcus Monk

If this were basketball, Dick Vitale would be saying, "Are you kidding me?" Smith is 5 feet 10-1/4; Monk is 6-6. Think of the mismatch in the paint, let alone a lob into the back of the end zone. Though Smith - who insists size means nothing - leads the SEC with seven interceptions, this will be his biggest challenge. Monk has speed, hands and stats. The junior has 46 receptions for a career-high 880 yards and 19.1 yards a catch. Florida coach Urban Meyer called him "an imposing figure with great speed."

Florida OL Steve Rissler vs. LB Sam Olajubutu

This is as much a head game as a physical one. Rissler, the most experienced member of the offensive line and one of the few not limping, is responsible for reading defenses and making calls at the line. Arkansas craves the blitz and Olajubutu directs the pressure points. He has 105 tackles (61 solo), including seven games in double digits this season. If Rissler doesn't recognize Olajubutu's shifts on the blitz, Chris Leak could be hearing "look out" all day.

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