HOW TO WATCH
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network
Line: Florida -17
In a week where the SEC has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, this game is no exception. While both teams avoided outbreaks and cancellation, Arkansas will be without head coach Sam Pittman, who tested positive for the virus after last week’s game against Tennessee. The Razorbacks will be coached by defensive coordinator and former Missouri head coach Barry Odom, who had perhaps his most memorable win during his Missouri tenure in Gainesville, taking down the then #13 Gators, 38-17, on November 3, 2018. Can lightning strike twice for an Odom coached team?
Well, probably not.
Florida has picked up right where they left off before their season was paused due to COVID, scoring 40+ points in their two wins (against Missouri and Georgia) since resuming play. Kyle Trask has looked particularly sharp in the two games, throwing for four touchdowns in each contest and just one interception in each.
The defensive-minded Odom has been one of the nation’s best coordinators this year, as he has the Razorbacks looking fierce on that side of the ball, but asking them to slow down a Florida team that no team has been able to slow down yet this year (Texas A&M simply managed to outscore them) is a tough ask.
Another interesting subplot to this game is that Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks makes his return to Gainesville, where he spent the first three years of his college career. Florida has a limited number of fans allowed to attend, so it should be interesting to see the reaction Franks gets from the crowd.