Arkansas football visits Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Here are your three keys to a Razorbacks victory.
1. Assistant coaches step up
Arkansas had coach Sam Pittman has tested positive for COVID 19 and will not be on the sidelines in Gainesville. Former Missouri head coach Barry Odom, who is the present defensive coordinator for the hogs, will step into the head coaching role for the Arkansas football team. Odom certainly has the skills to lead the hogs. It won’t be all on Odom though, every assistant coach has to do a little better to help the Razorback cause.
2. A little more from Franks
The play of quarterback Feleipe Franks has been a key in every Arkansas football game this season. Franks is a big, strong experienced quarterback and his statistics reflect those positive attributes. Franks has completed 123 of 183 passes for 1,428 yards, 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions. However, to beat Florida in this game the hogs will need a little more from Franks. The goal of not turning the ball over is always important. However, against a high scoring team like Florida, that key takes a higher significance. If things are going well for the hogs, a fumble or interception can be the difference in a stunning Arkansas upset or a crushing close loss to the heavily favored Gators. Franks needs to be Franks but maybe just a little better passing, leading,
making big plays and avoiding turnovers.
3. Stonewall defense
There was a general in the American Civil War named Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson. He got the nickname “Stonewall” at the First Battle of Bull Run because his brigade withstood an attack by a much larger force. The Florida offense is very explosive and full of outstanding players who can score and hurt opponents. On Saturday Arkansas’ defense needs to be like a Stonewall. They will be attacked again and again by a formidable opponent. They have to frustrate and limit the Gators’ success.
Saturday’s kicks off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). You can watch this Arkansas football game on the ESPN network.