FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith was succinct during his Monday press conference when asked if he felt pressure coming off the Hogs’ 56-3 loss at Auburn.
“I’m worried about stopping Florida,” Smith responded without elaborating further.
The Razorback defense has been massively disappointing in 2016 considering the experience it returned. The Hogs brought back 12 defensive players with significant starting experience but rank 92nd in the country in scoring defense (31.4 points per game) and 87th in total defense (428 yards per game).
The Razorbacks have been especially bad against the run, allowing 221.75 rushing yards per game and ranking 110th in the country in that category.
In the Auburn loss, Arkansas allowed 543 rushing yards — the most ever against a Razorback team.
Arkansas and No. 10 Florida play at 3:30 ET inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.