A season that started with so much promise and potential for the Missouri Tigers (5-4, 2-3) has spiraled entirely out of control, and things likely won’t get much better as they welcome the #11 Florida Gators (8-2, 5-2) to Faurot Field on Saturday morning.
The Tigers are 5-0 at home this year, but after spending the last month losing to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Georgia, it’s hard to imagine Mizzou finally putting it together and taking down the Gators. Quarterback Kelly Bryant will return after missing the Georgia game with a hamstring injury, but Barry Odom still coaches the Tigers, and he’s shown that he’s regularly overmatched against good teams and good coaches, such as Dan Mullen and Florida.
This is the part of the preview where people will come in the comments and shout at me if I don’t mention that Mizzou throttled Florida in Gainesville last season, but there were a couple key differences.
Firstly, that Florida team was much worse than this currently Florida team, and that Mizzou team was likely all-around better than this one. Secondly, Feleipe Franks had been playing poorly, and that game was a culmination of it all, leading Florida to turn to an inexperienced Kyle Trask.
Speaking of Trask, he’ll be the man Mizzou faces yet again as he has taken firm control of the Florida starting quarterback job, and he’s been quite good in his seven games as starter, throwing for 19 touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s recorded two or more passing touchdowns in all seven starts, and is completing nearly 67% of his passes, putting him in the second tier of SEC quarterbacks along with Jake Fromm, behind Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.
If you like tight ends, this game is for you, as Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam and Florida’s Kyle Pitts are among two of the best in the nation. Pitts leads SEC tight ends in receptions with 42, and is third among SEC tight ends with five touchdowns, behind Texas A&M’s Jalen Wydermeyer and the aforementioned Okwuegbunam, who both have six. If Mizzou is going to pull off an upset, Okwuegbunam will have to lead the way offensively.
How to watch
Time: 11 a.m. CT