Razorbacks Ready For Gainesville: Offensive Juggernaut Vs. Florida's D.

Ashton GilstrapContributor IOctober 16, 2009



When two SEC teams play each other in conference battle, there's always going to be some sparks flying. When the number one team in the country is visited at home by a young but explosive offense coming off two huge victories, you'd better bring sunglasses. 

The game this weekend between Florida and Arkansas is going to be one of the best games of the year. Not because Arkansas is particularly great, although I think you'd be a fool to think they're not at least decent, but because Arkansas has a particular set of skills, skills that make the Hogs a nightmare for teams like Florida.

In the last three years, Florida has lost one of its critical in-conference games. It's arguable that from Mississippi to Auburn the notion was that Florida could not be beaten, and these teams who, with all respect, just weren't very good that year, beat one of the best teams in the nation. 

The hogs are a lot better than Auburn and Ole Miss. Not only that, but the Razorbacks have the tendency to overperform when they're not expected to win. Look at both miracles on Markham, look at the defeat of Auburn in 2006 when they were ranked Number 3, look at the Ambush in Austin. There's a reason that the Hogs are called the Cardiac Razorbacks, you never know what team is going to show up. Arkansas has been showing up pretty consistently for the last few weeks, and that's pretty terrifying for other teams on the schedule.


Perhaps the scariest thing though is just how young this squad is.


Not a single wide receiver is older than 20. Mallett has got 2 years left after this (probably one when he goes pro). The Razorbacks are just going to get better, and they have nothing to lose but everything to gain in Gainesville this weekend.


Look for a Razorbacks upset this weekend with a legendary performance by both Mallett and Tebow.