No. 3 Florida is making balanced offense seem overrated.

The Gators are last in the Southeastern Conference in passing, averaging a mere 145 yards a game at a time when throwing the football is as fashionable as alternate uniforms. And it's not because they're running the triple option or the Wing T.

Nope, the Gators are simply sticking with what works best -- getting the most out of a shifty running back, a fleet-footed quarterback and a physical offensive line that tends to get better the longer it's on the field.

Although the close-to-the-vest, grind-it-out style has carried Florida to its highest ranking in three years, it also has created a perception that the Gators are vulnerable heading into Saturday's game against No. 9 South Carolina.