University of Missouri

No. 11 Florida at Missouri: Three-minute preview

Florida quarterback Will Grier.
Florida quarterback Will Grier. The Associated Press

1When/where: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia

TV/radio: SEC Network; KMBZ (98.1 FM)

The series: Missouri leads 3-1

The line: Florida by 4  1/2

What’s at stake

Realistically, a shot at a third straight SEC East title. A win would effectively give Florida a three-game lead against Missouri, which would trail by two games in the loss column and be on the wrong side of the tiebreaker.

Cheers if ...

Missouri sustains the physicality it showed at the point of attack in the run game against South Carolina. The Tigers, who’ve won seven straight at home, still only averaged 3.9 yards per carry but were dominant and imposing at time last week, a trend that must continue.

Jeers if ...

Missouri can’t control Florida’s run game. The Gators only average 3.9 yards per carry on the season, a number that drops to 3.2 yards in SEC play. The Tigers’ goal should be to force quarterback Will Grier to beat them then get after him.

Tod Palmer’s pick: Florida 23-17

Florida’s defense is playing exceptionally well and Missouri has enough question marks on offense to give pause. The Gators are motivated by last season’s embarrassment in The Swamp, but the score easily could flip if the Tigers win the turnover battle.

MISSOURI (4-1, 1-1 SEC)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

Southeast Missouri

W, 34-3

Sept. 12

at Arkansas State

W, 27-20

Sept. 19

Connecticut

W, 9-6

Sept. 26

at Kentucky

L, 21-13

Oct. 3

South Carolina

W, 24-10

Sat.

Florida

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 17

at Georgia

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

at Vanderbilt

TBA

Nov. 5

Mississippi State

8 p.m.

Nov. 14

vs. BYU (at Arrowhead Stadium)

TBA

Nov. 21

Tennessee

TBA

Nov. 27

at Arkansas

1:30 p.m.

FLORIDA (5-0, 3-0 SEC)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

New Mexico State

W, 61-13

Sept. 12

East Carolina

W, 31-24

Sept. 19

at Kentucky

W, 14-9

Sept. 26

Tennessee

W, 28-27

Oct. 3

Mississippi

W, 38-10

Sat.

at Missouri

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 17

at LSU

6 p.m.

Oct. 31

vs. Georgia

2:30 p.m.

Nov. 7

Vanderbilt

TBA

Nov. 14

at South Carolina

TBA

Nov. 21

Florida Atlantic

TBA

Nov. 28

Florida State

TBA

Three things about Florida

1 The Gators are tied for third in the nation with 46 tackles for a loss, including four players with at least 6  1/2 tackles for a loss. Defensive tackle Jon Bullard is tied with Missouri’s Charles Harris and Texas A&M’s Myles Garret for the SEC lead with 9  1/2 tackles for a loss.

2 Redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier ranks fifth among starting quarterbacks in the SEC with a 153.6 pass efficiency rating. He’s one spot ahead of Missouri’s Drew Lock (140.0).

3 Florida junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III is ranked No. 3 among all NFL Draft-eligible prospects on ESPN analyst Todd McShay’s latest Top 32.

Key matchup

Quarterback Drew Lock vs. Florida’s secondary: Obviously, the offensive line must protect Lock, who is making his second career start, or nothing else matters, but he’s going to have to take some chances against an aggressive, talented group of Gators defensive backs, who collectively boast 78 career starts.

MISSOURI OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

6

J’Mon Moore

6-3

190

So.

WR

2

Nate Brown

6-3

205

So.

LT

60

Connor McGovern

6-4

305

Sr.

LG

63

Brad McNulty

6-4

305

Sr.

C

77

Evan Boehm

6-3

310

Sr.

RG

73

Mitch Hall

6-5

310

Sr.

RT

55

Nate Crawford

6-5

300

So.

TE

10

Jason Reese

6-5

250

So.

WR

18

Wesley Leftwich

6-1

205

Sr.

QB

3

Drew Lock

6-4

205

Fr.

RB

32

Russell Hansbrough

5-9

195

Sr.

K

99

Andrew Baggett

6-1

215

Sr.

MISSOURI DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

56

Walter Brady

6-3

255

Fr.

DT

79

Terry Beckner Jr.

6-4

300

Fr.

NG

97

Josh Augusta

6-4

345

Jr.

DE

91

Charles Harris

6-3

255

So.

LB

10

Kentrell Brothers

6-1

235

Sr.

LB

30

Michael Scherer

6-3

230

Jr.

LB

25

Donavin Newsom

6-2

230

Jr.

CB

7

Kenya Dennis

5-11

200

Sr.

SS

22

Anthony Sherrils

6-0

190

So.

FS

21

Ian Simon

6-0

195

Sr.

CB

11

Aarion Penton

5-10

190

Jr.

P

26

Corey Fatony

5-11

185

Fr.

FLORIDA OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

11

Demarcus Robinson

6-1

208

Jr.

TE

83

Jake McGee

6-6

244

Sr.

LT

78

David Sharpe

6-6

359

So.

LG

63

Trip Thurman

6-5

307

Sr.

C

54

Cam Dillard

6-4

311

So.

RG

51

Antonio Riles

6-4

312

So.

RT

75

Mason Halter

6-6

295

Sr.

WR

81

Antonio Callaway

5-11

206

Fr.

WR

4

Brandon Powell

5-9

185

So.

QB

7

Will Grier

6-2

203

Fr.

RB

21

Kelvin Taylor

5-10

206

Jr.

K

98

Jorge Powell

5-10

171

Fr.

FLORIDA DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

96

Cece Jefferson

6-1

270

Fr.

NT

91

Joey Ivie

6-3

290

Jr.

DT

90

Jon Bullard

6-3

280

Sr.

DE

94

Bryan Cox Jr.

6-3

265

Jr.

LB

3

Antonio Morrison

6-1

234

Sr.

LB

40

Jarrad Davis

6-2

232

Jr.

CB

1

Vernon Hargreaves III

5-11

200

Jr.

S

42

Keanu Neal

6-1

215

Jr.

S

20

Marcus Maye

6-0

210

Jr.

DB

24

Brian Poole

5-10

208

Sr.

CB

6

Quincy Wilson

6-1

210

So.

P

19

Johnny Townsend

6-1

200

So.

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