Florida looks to
regain some confidence against a dangerous Auburn football team. The Tigers beat
the Gators last year and look to make it two in a row versus the Florida for the
first time since 1993-1994. The Gators and Auburn lead the conference in rushing
touchdowns, as the Tigers have 17 and UF 14. With a win, Florida can silence
some critics and head to the bye week at 5-3 (3-2) before they head to
Jacksonville to take on East leader Georgia. Florida has won 12 of the last 14
appearances at Florida Field between the two teams.
The Tigers lead the conference with 427 yards and their 17 rushing touchdowns are as many as they had all of last season and is 10th nationally. Carnell "Cadillac" Williams leads the way averaging 123 yards per game which is 11th nationally. Williams has rushed for a touchdown in six consecutive games. Auburn averages 33 points per game and use two quarterbacks. Daniel Cobb, a senior, has thrown for 975 yards and Jason Campbell has thrown for 338 yards. The receiving corps is led by Jacksonville Sandalwood star Marcel Willis and his 23 receptions. Silas Daniels, Ben Obomanu and Devin Aromashodu are deep threats with speed in the receiving area. The tight ends are solid with Robert Johnson, Cooper Wallace and Lorenzo Diamond. The offensive line has given up only 10 sacks in 6 games. They are lead by Ben Nowland and Danny Lindsey.
The Tigers are and "I" formation team that runs a lot of of the "wham-g", the kick play and the Isolation weak. The fullbacks will log defensive ends and also load the play side linebackers. They like there running game to work from inside the tackle box. The passing game is fueled by play actions off the run with bootleg's and flood routes. They will set you up with the play action deep pass. The favorite play out of the shotgun is the shallow cross with the tight end or the deep comeback to the sideline. Auburn takes care of the ball real well and is +7 in the turnover ratio. They like to throw to Marcel Willis on third down no matter what the down and distance. He has made 18 first down receptions.
Gators on the
Florida will stack the box with 7 and 8 men on first and second down to stop the run. The secondary will play zone behind it to avoid giving up the big run should the Cadillac break one out of the line of scrimmage. The outside linebackers and defensive ends will have to be alert for the boot pass, the waggle pass and the counter boot pass in passing situations. Cobb will start and is the better passer but not as athletic so if the Gators can have success on first down they can get him into situations he is not comfortable with. Look for Guss Scott to move into "the box" and Florida to really try to get Williams to bounce runs outside so that flow can take him down.
Big Game Gators:
Ian Scott,Tron Lafavor, Guss Scott, and Bam Hardman.
The Auburn defensive strength is their linebackers and middle linebacker Mark Brown leads the way with 52 tackles. He is flanked by speedsters Karlos Dansby and Dontarriuous Thomas. Thomas has been playing injured with a strained knee. The best lineman up front are defensive tackle Demarco McNeil and Reggie Torbor. They were ripped by Arkansas for 427 yards rushing, mostly on the option play. They do not have a lot of depth and quality on the defensive line. The secondary is led by safety Travaris Robinson a senior and up and coming safety Junior Rosegreen. The Tigers have 11 interceptions already on the season and only give up 177yds per game through the air. Their total defense ranks 44th in the country at 345yds per game and the passing efficiency defense is rated second best in the SEC. The Tiger defense has given up only 2 passing touchdowns all season.
The Tigers are a 4-3 team who likes to play an eight man front 50% of the time or more. Auburn wants it's safeties around the ball, especially on the run. Their favorite blitz is outside linebacker Karlos Dansby who is very athletic and can get to the quarterback. Arkansas had success running the option at him. The tackles will slant to the strong side in running situations. Coverage wise they play a lot of combo and cover 2. They will play cover two in third down passing situations and they do mix in some man especially in the red-zone area. This defense gambles a lot more under former UCF coordinator Gene Chizik.
Gators on the Attack:
With Rex Grossman's injury and questionable status, it is likely that the Gators will focus on the run this weekend. I expect some shotgun option, misdirection, as well as Ingle Martin running the option from under center. The plan will be to play it close to the vest yet within a more simplified offensive scheme. Martin can be more effective in a moving pocket in the passing game. The trap and the counter should be good run plays this week with both hitting inside the tackle box. Florida will use some "I" formation runs as well. The big plays in the passing game will come only after UF has had some running success. If healthy, Grossman does give the Gators the deep ball. But if he does not play, expect intermediate to short stuff early on. The Gators must avoid turnovers this week. Auburn has scored 42% of their points on the season off turnovers.
Big Game Gators: