The Gators come into this game after a difficult loss to Georgia. Last week Florida had plenty of chances to beat Georgia but the team couldn’t execute the big plays. Now the team looks to win out the remaining games on their schedule with a chance to play in a “New Years Six bowl”. However it all starts with beating Missouri. In years pass the Gators seem to spiral out of control during the last parts of their schedule, but with coach Mullen at the helm, the Gators look to seize every opportunity in their path.
Offensive X-factors: Feleipe Franks
Franks has to show his team and the fans he can bounce back after a tough outing last week. Last week against Georgia he threw for a season-low in yards (105 yards), missed on big plays, and had costly turnovers that turned the game around. Franks has to be able to shake off early miscues and focus in on what’s important in Mullen’s offense, limit turnovers and scoring points. Mullen has to keep making it easy for Franks, easy completions and early success on first and second down will be keys to Franks’s bounce back.
Defensive X-factors: Florida’s secondary
Last week against Georgia the secondary got exposed by the “check down artist” in Jake Fromm, partially due to the fact of the injury of Cj Henderson. However, Florida has to do a better job of defending the pass. In comes, Drew Lock, a highly regarding prospect in the upcoming NFL draft class and possibly the best QB Florida will face all season. Lock’s numbers aren’t eye-popping this season, however, he’s the same QB who threw for 40 touchdowns last season. Lock has a quick release, which could cause trouble for creating sacks. Lock will also be looking for his favorite WR Emanuel Hall, who could be matched up against an injured Cj Henderson. Florida has to tighten up the back-end and create turnovers against Lock.
Key Point: Florida looks to seek revenge.
Last years matchup was a disaster before kickoff, Jim McElwain was fired the week prior and Florida was playing their 3rd string QB in a 45-16 beat down. This years team is eager to seek revenge and Mullen has made it an emphasis all week of practice.
Prediction: Florida 28, Missouri 14.
The fan in me thinks Florida comes out ready to play and attacks early. It’s homecoming, the end zones are orange, the team is eager to redeem themselves from last weeks loss to Georgia, and more importantly last years beat down against this Missouri team.
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