Thursday, December 8, 2016
Florida offense vs. Oklahoma defense
It took the first month of the season for coach Urban Meyer and coordinator Dan Mullen to start dialing up game plans that maximized all of the talent on their roster, including freshman running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. There were some frustrating moments during that time, none more so than the 31-30 home loss to Ole Miss in late September, but the juice has been worth the squeeze. The Gators have been virtually unstoppable on offense since a 21-point, fourth-quarter explosion at Arkansas the week after the loss to the Rebels. Florida's offensive agenda is unchanged in this game. The Gators want to isolate their faster offensive skill players and the opponents' slower defenders as frequently and in as much space as possible. The only difference between this season and years past is that Meyer and Mullen have found the running game to be a more effective means to that end than the passing game. Florida is running the ball more than ever and has added new wrinkles to its shotgun-option attack to help keep the defense honest.
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