Take a look at Week 8 of the SEC football season and a few games will jump out at you. There is some intrigue surrounding the Tennessee Volunteers at Ole Miss Rebels game, and the tilt between the Texas A&M Aggies and Alabama Crimson Tide will be some fun. For me, however, the best game of the week, and the one everyone will want to tune in for, is the bout between the Florida Gators and Missouri Tigers.
This game will be a good one down in the Swamp, with both teams having at least a glimmer of hope for winning the SEC East. The Gators will be rolling strong at this point with one conference loss, while the Tigers will most likely carry two, making this game a must-win if they wish to maintain any chance of getting to the Dome.
The schedule for Will Muschamp‘s Gators breaks pretty well in 2014 in that they play almost every tough conference game at home, with the exception of their game in Tuscaloosa against the Tide and the annual cocktail party in Jacksonville against the Georgia Bulldogs. This gives them a huge advantage during 2014, and the Tigers will have to find a way to overcome that if they want to pull off the upset.
We can believe that the Florida offense will be better, but no one knows for sure at this point. By Week 8, we should have a good picture at what Jeff Driskel and the rest of the Gator offense can be under Kurt Roper, but the edge has to go to Maty Mauk and the Tigers for now. Mauk proved last season he has what it takes to produce in the SEC, and should step in nicely for James Franklin.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Gators have the unquestioned advantage. One thing the Gators have consistently done well under Muschamp is play great defense, and 2014 will be more of the same. This game is shaping up as a matchup of opposites — one solid offense against one solid defense.
In the end, it doesn’t appear the Mizzou defense will have enough to stop the Gators, while Florida should be able to stifle Mauk and company enough to stay in command throughout this one. The Swamp advantage will be too much for the Tigers, and they’ll drop this game while completely falling out of contention in the East.
Final score: Florida 24, Missouri 17