Losing Jeff Driskel just a few weeks ago has been a huge loss for the Florida Gators — not because of the talent, but the leadership that he brought to the table. The Gators are coming off a loss against the LSU Tigers on the road that resulted in just six points scored by the Gators’ offense.
On the other side of the field, the Missouri Tigers are coming off one of the biggest wins in recent memory for the program. Taking to the road and taking out the top-10 Georgia Bulldogs in impressive fashion was one way to jump a ton in the rankings and they did just that. New to the top 25 a week ago, the Tigers now rank 14th in the nation.
Florida, like I said earlier, are without Driskel for the foreseeable future and that means the team is without one of its top leaders. Tyler Murphy has taken over at quarterback and was doing a fine job until a loss at LSU in which he led the Gators to just six points and no touchdowns. Murphy completed just 55 percent of his passes in the game for just 115 yards — it was his worst game as a starter. Talented sophomore running back Matt Jones has been ruled out for the season following the team’s loss and it will be a big blow to the 58th-ranked rushing attack. Mack Brown will now carry the load in the backfield as he is the team’s leading rusher with 340 yards and three touchdowns.
Missouri took down an SEC Goliath just a week ago and are now looking to carry that momentum to take down yet another historically-solid SEC foe — but this time at home. Unfortunately for the Tigers, their starting quarterback is also out for quite some time with an injured shoulder that could keep him out for up to six weeks. James Franklin was having a phenomenal senior year for the unbeaten Tigers with 1,577 yards and 14 touchdowns. They will now be forced to rely upon freshman quarterback Maty Mauk. L’Damian Washington is the team’s leading receiver with 455 yards and seven touchdowns, but Dorial Green-Beckham might be the most talented wide out on the roster with 399 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, the Tigers are allowing just 23 points per game which is good for 42nd in the nation. Also, Missouri is giving up 419.3 yards per game which is 83rd in the nation. Florida, on the other hand, has one of the best defenses in the nation allowing just 13 points allowed per game which is good for fourth in the nation as well as ranking third in the nation in yards allowed per game with just over 230.
Florida will travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers at 12:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: Florida 20, Missouri 24