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Florida Vs. Tennessee: Gators Looking To Maintain Offensive Balance

The Florida Gators are hoping to maintain a well-balanced offense following their close 20-17 win against the Texas A&M Aggies last Saturday.

Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) scrambles against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) scrambles against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

The Florida Gators welcomed the Texas A&M Aggies to the Southeastern Conference last Saturday by defeating them 20-17. But for Florida, the offense is looking to maintain its balanced attack so it's tougher for teams to game plan against them.

That's what allowed the Gators to erase a 10-point deficit against the Aggies. Florida only had 307 yards of total offense, but it was split almost evenly through the running and passing game. The Gators passed for 165 yards, while netting 142 yards on the ground.

Here is Will Muschamp, via GatorSports.com, on the importance of a balanced attack in the SEC:

"Balance in the offense is critical in our league," Florida coach Will Muschamp said during his radio show Thursday. "You cannot be one-dimensional with the defensive linemen we face week in and week out. If you become an all-throw team, those guys will come off the edge and become very difficult for offensive linemen to block.

"Same situation in the running game, if you're not able to stretch a team vertically down the field teams will outnumber you in the box. So you gotta be balanced in what you do and we love to be 50-50."

Florida's offense gets another test against Tennessee on Saturday. The Vols, like the Gators, are undefeated so far this season.

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