KICKOFF: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
SITE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
SERIES: Arkansas has only one win in the series with Florida, that coming in the first meeting back in 1982. Being in opposite divisions in the SEC, the two teams meet on a rotating basis. The last was in 2009, when the Gators won 23-20 to extend their overall advantage in the series to 8-1.
AP RANKINGS: Arkansas unranked; Florida No. 18
KEYS TO THE GAME
Arkansas has dropped two in a row as it gets ready for a trip to Florida, but coach Bret Bielema came out of the loss to Texas A&M with a much better feeling than he had the previous week after the collapse at Rutgers.
Bielema said he told his players they were not yet at the "top of the mountain," but when they get there, they are going to have fun looking back at where they have come from.
"I'm not going to say it's going to come this week," he said, "but I have a strong belief that they're going to play better, and to do it on the road in the SEC is a lot of fun."
The Hogs and Gators meet in Gainesville Saturday.
Despite key injuries, including one that cost them their starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, the Gators are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Junior Tyler Murphy made his first start at quarterback for the Gators in their last game, a victory over Kentucky.
"A very good player," Bielema said. "If the old adage is true that you make your biggest improvement from Game 1 to Game 2, this will be his second week as the starter."
Murphy was efficient and effective in directing Florida's ball-control offense, completing 15 of 18 pass attempts. He helped Florida control the ball for just over 38 minutes.
"This might be the quickest game in the history of college football," Bielema said, smiling. "I think they're No. 1 in the country in time of possession and we're right outside the top 10.
"Nobody's in a big hurry on offense. It will be fun to see those things match up."
Florida averages 39 minutes a game in time of possession, which does lead all FBS teams. Arkansas has controlled the ball for about 33 minutes a game, which ranks 13th.
Florida coach Will Muschamp is expecting a physical test.
"Defensively we have not seen a team like this," Muschamp said.
The Gators (3-1, 2-0 SEC) are coming off a 24-7 win over Kentucky on Saturday and remain second in the nation in total defense, allowing just 202.5 yards per game. Muschamp is concerned with the size of the Razorbacks up front and their play-action offense under Bielema. Arkansas freshman running back Alex Collins ranks second in the SEC in rushing at 119.4 yards per game.
"They have great backs," Florida safety Jaylen Wakins said. "They are going to run the ball no matter what you do. So we have to tackle well. I'm pretty sure we're going to be working on a lot of tackling this week."
Florida didn't miss a beat with redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy making his first career start at Kentucky. Murphy completed his first 13 passes against Wildcats, finishing 15 of 18 for 156 yards with 1 TD passing and 1 TD rushing.
"Just going out there, getting the experience as a starter really helped," Murphy said. "I'm starting to get used to the speed of the game, hopefully things will continue to slow down for me and I can continue to make progress and get better."
Murphy received plenty of support from running back Matt Jones, who admitted he was a little sore on Sunday following his breakout 28-carry, 176-yard performance against Kentucky.
Florida is hoping its balanced offense can continue to click. The Gators received another injury blow last week when starting defensive tackle Dominique Easley was lost for the season following a torn ACL he suffered in practice.
But Florida is hopeful its defense will continue to play at a high level against Arkansas, while its offense keeps controlling the clock.
"We've got a great challenge ahead of us," Muschamp said.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
--Freshman RB Alex Collins returns to his home state of Florida when the Hogs go to Gainesville. The Fort Lauderdale product has rushed for triple digits in four of his first five games.
--Freshman TE Hunter Henry had a big game against Texas A&M with 109 yards on four receptions, including a 52-yarder. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, he offers a big target and has the speed to get away from linebackers.
--Senior DE Chris Smith is a headache up front for opposing quarterbacks. He's tied for third in the FBS in sacks with 6.0 and is second in sack yardage with 51.
--Junior SS Alan Turner is coming off a career game against Texas A&M. He had 12 tackles, nine of them solo, and also broke up a pass.
--QB Tyler Murphy was sharp and efficient his first career start. Murphy completed 13 straight passes to start the game, four shy of the school record for consecutive completions (Chris Leak, 17 straight vs. Wyoming in 2005). For the Kentucky game, Murphy finished 15 of 18 for 156 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. He added 1 TD rushing and now has two rushing TDs and two passing TDs for the season.
--RB Matt Jones rushed for a career-high 176 yards and a TD on 6.3 yards per carry against Kentucky. The 230-pound Jones finally looks back to 100 percent after sitting out August practices and the season-opener against Toledo with a severe stomach virus. Jones relayed a meeting he had with Florida coach Will Muschamp before the Kentucky games. "He just told me to cut it loose, let the Matt Jones I know play in the offense on Saturday, stop being timid, stop waiting." Jones has rushed for a team-high 272 yards in two games this season on 4.7 yards per game.
--DE Dante Fowler had two more sacks against Kentucky and now has a team-high three sacks and six tackles for loss for the Gators this season. Fowler also forced a fumble against the Wildcats that the Gators were unable to recover. He's starting to provide consistent pass rush off the edge for the Gators this season.
--CB Vernon Hargreaves III was named SEC freshman of the week following his performance against Kentucky. Hargreaves had his third interception of the season against the Wildcats, which is most among SEC freshmen. He's gained the trust of UF's coaching staff due to his instincts for the ball and superior cover skills.