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Chomping at Bits: Gators lead the SEC in third down conversion percentage

On both sides of the ball.

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Florida’s efficient on third down - on both sides of the ball: Last season the Gators ranked 11th in the SEC on third down conversions at 36.4 percent. This year, Florida leads the SEC at 50.4 percent. The Gators also lead the SEC in third down defense this year, allowing only a 27.8 percent conversion rate. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Gators are 9-0 against Arkansas in SEC play: Florida is 9-1 against Arkansas overall, with that first and only victory for the Razorbacks coming in the 1982 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl before they joined the SEC. The Gators have won every SEC contest between the two teams, including two SEC Championship Games. (Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Profile of Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen: Allen has faced some tough SEC defenses already this season, and has taken some hits and sacks. Allen is also likely the best quarterback that the Gators will face so far this season. (Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

Brandon Powell helping freshmen receivers: Powell was praised by Jim McElwain and Luke Del Rio for his preparation, toughness, and help preparing younger players. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)

No Friday night games in Florida’s future: Stricklin was asked whether that would be a possibility for the Gators. He responded that the SEC had frowned on that scheduling practice due to high school football. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Stricklin was the guest on Gator Talk with Jim McElwain last night:

Profiles of Chris Thompson: Thompson, the Gainesville native, is being given a chance to return kicks. (Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Walk-on Florida punter Jon Gould is a cancer survivor: The redshirt freshman was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was ten years old. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Why isn’t Florida getting more five-star recruits?: A favorite question of many. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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