Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
F/+ Prediction: Florida by 7 (19.4-12.5)
Florida is staying inside the confines of their own home for the second week in a row, as "The Swamp" will be playing host to yet another intra-division matchup in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators will welcome Missouri into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for only the second time ever, as these two teams met in the Tigers' inaugural year in the SEC, with the only other meeting before 2012 occurring in the 1966 Sugar Bowl.
With the national spotlight bestowed upon them, Missouri welcomed Georgia to Columbia, and proceeded to get curb stomped by their neighbors to the south. The Bulldogs pitched a shutout, clobbering Mizzou to the tune of 34-0, leaving many to question a team that looked to be in the driver's seat to win the East Division not too long ago. This held especially true heading into the game, when Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely. Unfortunately, the dice didn't roll the way the Tigers wanted, and now face a myriad of questions the rest of the way.
Florida, meanwhile, was crushed by the boot of LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye in the waning moments of the game as the Tigers pulled out a 30-27 victory in Gainesville a week ago. Quarterback Jeff Driskel continued his string of poor play, leaving Gator fans to scratch their heads yet again as the quarterback position seems to be a persistent plague over the last few seasons, with no remedy in sight to the struggles in "The Swamp."
In 2012, neither team seemed to find their way offensively as the Gators clung onto a 14-7 victory against the Tigers. Last year, Missouri sought and snagged revenge with a 36-17 victory in Columbia. It's fair to say that this would indeed be the "rubber match" between these two teams, and this games serves rather important in a tight SEC East Division, with Georgia leading the way, and upstart Kentucky breathing down their necks.
Gary Pinkel will be throwing out a devastator at defensive end, Shane Ray has garnered attention all year for his astonishing ability at getting to the passer. The Kansas City, Missouri native has 8.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss through the first six games of the year, up in both departments from last year when he served as a rotational pass-rusher behind Kony Ealy and 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam.
He'll be facing tough competition though, as Florida has allowed only 5.0 sacks through five games, which is tied for the least allowed in the conference, and tied for ninth across the nation.
A fabulous freshman is coming off the heels of a scintillating performance, as Florida running back Brandon Powell caught six passes last week out of the backfield. That number is the highest amount of receptions by a Gator running back since Chris Rainey had six against Florida Atlantic in 2011. Astoundingly, Powell had just one reception coming into the October 11 matchup with the LSU Tigers, and is already tied for fourth amongst all Florida pass catchers in receptions in the 2014 season.