No. 18 Florida playing keep-away with opponents

By MARK LONGAP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - No. 18 Florida is methodical, deliberate, calculated and predictable. Some might even say the Gators are boring to watch.

They're running the football nearly 70 percent of the time, an effort to wear down opponents, keep the clock ticking and conserve their defense.

It's old-school football - simple, keep-away philosophy - and the Gators (3-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) are playing it at a fairly high level.

Florida leads the nation in time of possession, averaging 38 minutes, 58 seconds. That's two and a half minutes more than the next closest team and about 15 minutes more than high-powered and fast-paced Oregon.

Coach Will Muschamp firmly believes in the slow-it-down formula - especially with a stout defense and an experienced quarterback.

Florida plays Arkansas (3-2, 0-1) Saturday night.

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