The other side of that coin is Florida's pass defense. On 3rd and 7-10, they have allowed 7 first downs on 9 of 12 attempts. Once teams get into a must pass no matter what situation (10+ yards), that drops to 6 of 20.
I don't have good analysis on why that is, but it is something to think about.
One other thing is Florida's first down defense. On 194 first downs this season, the Gators have only given up 898 yards. That's 4.62 yards per play. The crazy thing? Passing against them on first down is the way to go. While teams are only completing 52% of first down pass plays, they are gaining over 6.5 yards per attempt (and over 12 yards per completion). Again, I don't know how all this factors into the offensive game plan, but
With Bauta, I have to assume we are looking at running more read option and letting him free lance some. The upside, at least to me, is it'll have to freeze those LBs dropping into space, allowing for cleaner passing lanes on the middle passes and TE looks, as well as providing more man match ups to Mitchell, Goodwin, and Davis.
As for me and my house, I welcome our new spread offense overlord.