It’s a matchup of teams from the SEC East out in the Show-Me State. The #10 Florida Gators are on the road as they travel to face the Missouri Tigers Saturday afternoon. Florida walloped Vanderbilt 56-0 at home in their previous contest last Saturday. Missouri was blanked 27-0 on the road by #6 Georgia in their previous contest last Saturday. The Tigers lead the all-time regular-season series and have won two straight in addition to four of the last six meetings. In the most recent matchup, it was Missouri rolling to a 38-17 road win on November 3, 2018.
Florida Gators Look to Ride Defense to Another VictoryFlorida beat Vanderbilt into submission last week to bounce back from their loss to Georgia the week before. The Gators recorded their third shutout of the season and improved to 5-2 in conference play and 8-2 overall for coach Dan Mullen. Florida scored two touchdowns in the second quarter after a scoreless opening stanza and then blew the game wide open with four third-quarter touchdowns to turn the game into a rout. The Gators racked up a 560-128 advantage in total offense, piled up 33 first downs while allowing 12 and forced three turnovers while committing a pair. Those numbers helped overshadow a 33:22 to 26:38 disadvantage in time of possession.
The Gators enter this one 25th in passing offense with 288.5 yards per contest and 105th in rushing offense with 131 yards per game this season. Florida is 37th in the FBS in scoring offense as they average 33.3 points per game while the team is 9th in scoring defense as they allow just 15 points per contest. Feleipe Franks is 54 of 71 passing for 698 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions plus 68 rushing yards and a score. He’s done for the year with a dislocated ankle with a fracture suffered against Kentucky. Kyle Trask is 160 of 239 passing for 2,011 yards with 19 touchdowns and six picks while Emory Jones is 19 of 31 for 172 yards and two scores while adding 152 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Lamical Perine leads the team with 111 carries for 504 yards and four scores on the season. Dameon Pierce is next in line with 40 carries for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Van Jefferson is second on the Gators with 32 receptions for 398 yards and four scores. Kyle Pitts has a team-leading 42 receptions for 528 yards plus five scores while Trevon Grimes (27 grabs, 404 yards, three TD), Josh Hammond (22 catches, 262 yards, TD) and Freddie Swain (29 grabs, 430 yards, five TD) are next in line. Evan McPherson has hit all 38 extra point attempts and is nine of 11 on field goals with a long of 48. Chris Howard hit all four of his extra point tries and hasn’t attempted a field goal this season.
Missouri Tigers Try to Reverse Recent StrugglesMissouri started the season 5-1 but has dropped three straight games after getting blanked by Georgia on the road in their last game. Things don’t get any easier for the Tigers here as they have to head into the swamp to face the Gators. Missouri has been outscored 77-21 in their three-game slide. The Tigers gave up a score just 4:17 into the game and that was all that Georgia would need in the game. Missouri had two drives reach Georgia territory: they threw an interception from the Bulldogs’ 24-yard line and then reached the one on another drive before turning it over on downs in the fourth quarter. The Tigers were outgained 339-198, gave up 17 first downs while picking up 11 and lost the time of possession battle 35:27 to 24:53 in the game. Missouri turned the ball over once while failing to record a takeaway.
The Tigers are 68th in the nation in passing offense with 233.4 yards per game on the year while they are 60th in rushing offense with 169.4 yards per contest. Missouri is 71st in the FBS in scoring offense as they put up 28.2 points per game and the team stands 19th in scoring defense by limiting opposing teams to 19.1 points per contest. Kelly Bryant has completed 140 of 225 passes for 1,845 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding 205 yards and a score on the ground. Taylor Powell is 21 of 48 for 192 yards plus an interception while Connor Bazelak is eight of 12 for 64 yards this season. Larry Rountree III leads the Tigers on the ground with 139 carries for 668 yards and eight scores while Tyler Badie contributes 83 carries for 361 yards plus two touchdowns and Dawson Downing chips in 36 carries for 225 yards plus a score as other backs in the system. Johnathon Johnson leads the Tigers with 29 receptions for 294 yards this season. Albert Okwuegbunam (22 receptions, 280 yards, six TD), Badie (25 grabs, 314 yards, three TD) and Jonathan Nance (23 catches, 352 yards, three TD) are good targets as well. Tucker McCann is 29 of 32 on extra point attempts and 11 of 17 on field goal tries this season with a long of 52.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Gators are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games
- Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points
- Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games
- Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall