No. 8 Florida on 1st down: run, run, run
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — There are plenty of adjectives to describe Florida's offense, which ranks 100th in the nation and managed just three field goals in a costly loss to rival Georgia last week.
The best one might be predictable.
The eighth-ranked Gators are running the ball on 78.1 percent of their first downs, the highest of any team in a Bowl Championship Series conference.
Army, New Mexico, Air Force and Navy — teams that run option schemes — are the only programs in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision that run the ball more than Florida on first down.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease admits that the team is "probably a little predictable."
The Gators (7-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) get a chance to be more balanced Saturday against Missouri (4-4, 1-4).