Location: Farout Field at Memorial Stadium – Columbia, MO [Capacity: 67,124]
Weather: 50°F (feels like 45°F), sunny, winds WSW at 14 mph
Time: 12:21 p.m. EDT
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|No. 22/22 FLORIDA GATORS||No. 14/14 MISSOURI TIGERS|
|Head Coach: Will Muschamp||Head Coach: Gary Pinkel|
|Record: 4-2 (3-1 SEC)||Record: 6-0 (2-0 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
|Roster | Schedule||Roster | Schedule|
Odds: Florida -3 | O/U: 43.5
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Story: RB Matt Jones out for the season | Notebook: Will Muschamp previews Missouri | Notes: Updated depth chart | Story: Limping, struggling Gators down but not out | Notebook: Muschamp updates injuries, kicking game | Notebook: Brent Pease talks RB Kelvin Taylor, pass protection | Friday Final: Florida controls own destiny, players speak
HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida and Missouri are 1-1 in the all-time series against each other with UF picking up a 14-7 victory in Gainesville, FL, last season. It was the first meeting between the teams since Mizzou joined the SEC.
» The Gators will be playing in Columbia for the first time. Saturday’s game is also the furthest north Florida has traveled for a game since 1991.
» Last week, the Tigers beat a top-10 opponent on the road for the first time since 1981.
» Last week, the Gators fell to a top 25-ranked opponent for the fourth time in their last five opportunities dating back to Oct. 27, 2012.
» Missouri has not hosted a ranked opponent since Oct. 23, 2010. A victory that evening was also the last time the Tigers started a season 7-0.
» Florida is 15-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards (7-10 when rushing for fewer than 150 yards). The Gators are also 18-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 14-4 when scoring first (8-6 when an opponent scores first) and 18-1 when leading at the half (4-9 when tied or trailing at the break).
» UF has registered a nation-leading 104 interceptions since 2008. Florida is also first in interceptions returned for touchdowns (17) and interception return yards (1,830).
» The Gators have forced the most interceptions among SEC teams this century (360).
» Florida has at least one turnover in 17-straight games.
» Missouri has at least one turnover in 36-straight games, the longest active streak in the nation among BCS teams.
» The Gators’ top-ranked defense and Tigers’ top-ranked offense will provide one of the best match-ups of the season. Florida is ranked third in total defense (235.3 yards), fourth in scoring defense (13.0 points) and first in passing efficiency defense (85.52), while Missouri is 12th in total offense (515.7 yards), eighth in scoring offense (45.7 points) and 15th in passing efficiency (158.02). UF is fourth in first down defense (84 allowed) and eighth in third down conversion defense (.271), while Mizzou is 11th in first down offense (164 gained) and 10th in third down conversion percentage (.519).
» Florida is also first in time of possession (37 minutes), second in passing yards allowed (152), fourth in rushing defense (83.3 yards), sixth in kick return defense (16.88 yards) and 13th in red zone defense (.692).
» Missouri is also first in interceptions (13) and fourth in turnover margin (+9).
» The Gators have gained more than 400 yards of offense in three of six games; UF had the same number of 400+ yard games in 13 contests in 2012.
Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!
LAST TIME OUT
In the second-ever meeting between the two schools, Florida only registered 276 yards of offensive compared to 335 for Missouri but nabbed four interceptions and scored a pair of long second-half touchdowns to pick up a 14-7 victory in Gainesville, FL.
Trailing 7-0 at the half, the Gators first got on the board with a 36-yard touchdown via the legs of Omarius Hines in the third quarter and started the fourth quarter in a similar fashion as Mike Gillislee took a pass from Jeff Driskel 45 yards for a score of his own.
Florida sealed the victory with five seconds remaining in the contest as Josh Evans picked off James Franklin in the end zone after Mizzou put together an 11-play, 59-yard drive to get to UF’s 21-yard line.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES*
» Probable (1): Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder)
Murphy, reportedly, did not practice in full throughout the week but is expected to start.
» Injured (11): Redshirt junior linebacker Ronald Powell, senior defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (undisclosed), sophomore running back Matt Jones (knee – season), junior QB Jeff Driskel (leg – season), senior defensive end Dominique Easley (ACL – season), redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose (ACL – season), redshirt junior right tackle Chaz Green (labrum – season), freshman cornerback Nick Washington (shoulder – season), freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL – season), freshman safety Marcell Harris (knee), freshman defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (ACL)
* As of Friday at 11:00 p.m.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
While the Gators still have all their goals up for the taking, Florida faces a tough test Saturday in a Missouri team that is on an absolute roll. UF has lost four of its last five games against top 25-ranked opponents and must beat its newest SEC East rival to have a shot at winning the division and advancing to the SEC Championship for the first time since 2009. What’s at stake for the Gators on Saturday? Everything.
The surprise of the SEC, at least for those unaware that the team was extremely talented but equally as injured in 2012, the Tigers have an opportunity to make their mark in the league and division by knocking off a conference heavyweight for the second-straight week. A win over Florida, like last week’s victory against Georgia, would be prestigious. The Tigers still have to face South Carolina and Texas A&M this season, so every victory is important as they try to march to Atlanta, GA. A loss, on the other hand, would not be devastating. Every other SEC East team has at least one conference loss.