No. 8 Florida on 1st down: run, run, run

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

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).

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