As far as nationally-broadcast SEC games featuring one top-25 team and another coached by Bret Bielema go, Arkansas's Saturday visit to Florida seems to be flying a bit under the radar. But Gators defensive tackle Damien Jacobs is doing his best to change that.
Asked Tuesday what he thought of the Razorback offensive line, Jacobs shared his honest opinion -- one that's not going to sit well with Bielema or the Hogs.
But Jacobs didn't settle for just labeling the Hogs "dirty," singling out their preseason All-SEC center Travis Swanson for special attention.
"I just see, from film, a lot of stuff after the play, especially with the center, No. 64 ..." Jacobs said. "He makes you want to do something to him. We're gonna have to try to keep our temper and keep cool on that."
Speaking of keeping cool: does anyone think Bielema isn't going to have something to say about these comments in the near future? Consider not only that Bielema has been perfectly happy to comment on previous perceived slights since taking over the Hog head job, but that he has seemed to form a partciularly tight bond with Swanson, whom he's said has "embodied everything we could ever ask in a teammate here at Arkansas."
Arkansas may be an 11-point underdog to the Gators, but it's fair to say that after Jacobs' comments, their offensive line certainly isn't going to lack for motivation -- and that the battle in the trenches may be woth paying even more attention to than usual.