The Florida Gators are moving on in the 2013 season after losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. While Tyler Murphy looks to fill in adequately, it’s never easy to lose s starting quarterback that has been there for years behind center. It will be interesting to see how the 3-1 Gators respond to the loss of Driskel.
On the other side of the field, the Arkansas Razorbacks seem to be in year two of a rebuilding attempt. Bret Bielema has taken over in 2013 at the head coaching position and led this team to a 3-2 record through five games.
Florida is now led by Tyler Murphy at quarterback, like I stated early, and he performed well in his first start of the season, passing for over 150 yards on 15-18 completions. He has 290 yards and two touchdowns through the air on the season while rushing for another 120 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He might be just what this offense needed moving forward. Matt Jones and Mack Brown lead the 36th nationally ranked run offense with over 240 yards each and five touchdowns combined.
Arkansas is led by quarterback Brandon Allen who has 670 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions on the year. The sophomore quarterback isn’t much of a scrambler, but his strong arm makes up for that. Alex Collins leads the way on the ground with 597 yards and three touchdowns while Jonathan Williams has 471 yards and three scores on the ground. This team has one of the best rushing attacks in college football.
Defensively, the Gators are the second-best overall defense in college football. They have allowed just an average of 202 yards per game to go along with just 12.8 points allowed per contest. Arkansas allows just 336 yards per game to go along with 22 yards per game. Typical SEC defenses.
Arkansas will travel to Florida to take on the Gators at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 13, Florida 24