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Five things smart people should know before watching No.1 Florida vs. Arkansas

GAINESVILLE -- Here's a link to my story in today's paper. Link! Now, here are five things smart people should know before watching No.1 Florida (5-0, 3-0 SEC) vs. Arkansas (3-2, 1-2 SEC).

5. Florida is a 25-point favorite against Arkansas. That's seems like a lot of points but consider this: The Gators are 15-2 against the spread since the beginning of the 2008 season.

4. Five Gators landed on The Miami Herald's midseason All-Florida offensive team. LINK!

3. How deep is Florida's running game? The third-stringer, Emmanuel Moody, is averaging 9.6 yards per carry. Moody isn't ranked first in the nation in yards per carry only because he hasn't received enough carries to qualify. The nation's leader in yards per carry? Florida's Jeff Demps at 8.6. Chris Rainey is fifth. Florida is ranked second in the nation in rushing offense. Arkansas is ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and has allowed touchdowns runs of 80, 60 and 52 yards.

2. Because of the large donations from the Walton family (Wal-Mart), the Arkansas football team almost changed its colors to blue and yellow with a not-so-subtle smiley face sticker on the helmet. The plan was scrapped by the NCAA.

1. Florida has lost at least one game every season to an SEC Western Division opponent for each of the last 10 years but the Gators are 7-0 against Arkansas since the Hogs joined the SEC in 1992 (thanks to Wal-Mart).

-jo-

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I smell some BBQ Hogs roasting in the Swamp this afternoon!

Arkansas does not have spread offense. You get paid to know this kind of stuff

TK

I never wrote that. Florida is 16-1 against the POINT spread since the beginning of the 2008 season. It's a gambling thing. Sorry for the confusion.

-jo-

Florida is a 25-point favorite against Arkansas. That's seems like a lot of points but consider this: The Gators are 16-1 against the spread since the beginning of the 2008 season.

I think Jo is a gambler. What online sports book do you use? I think we got a junior Brent Musberburger here. Cant admit to gambling but brings up the point spread at every opportunity. I know, I know, you are just doing "responsible journalism". Just messing with you Jo. A little gambling never hurt anyone. Just make sure you have enough money for rent, and food or the wife will be all over you.

"Being on the internet this weekend will help the Canes more than you'll ever know" Randy Shannon when asked how he felt about his team being on the internet and not national television.

Not a gambler, actually. I'd tell you guys if I was. I know about the spreads because I have to make my picks every week for the paper.

-jo-

Shouldn't that be 2 times the Gators haven't covered? I'm thinking Ole Miss last year (Loss) and Tennessee this year (only beat them by 10).

Harris over Tebow for All Florida mid-season QB? While it's a largely meaninglesss "award", I call foul. You can't butter up Miami fans with the Harris pick and then try to appease Gator fans by naming Tim All Florida "ahtlete." Aside from making plays, the QB must also run the offense and be a leader. The skinny kid from the school down south isn't in Tim's league in these crucial QUARTERBACK attributes. Tim has 12 touchdowns with 2 picks. The kid down south has 10 touchdowns with 7 picks. Not even close.

At the end of the day I don't really care and Harris is a good kid. But he's no Tim Tebow.

Did the Hearald overlords put a bug in your ear? This is preposterous Jo. Matzo Ball scoffs at you.

What you really need to know before watching the UF vs UA game is that the Gators need to start throwing the ball A LOT to their wide receivers. To pick out Hernandez (and Cooper a little) EVERY time is going to get costly. Start throwing to those WR's and screen pass to the backs coming out of the backfield. No linebacker will have a chance to run our guys down.

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