Florida-Missouri Preview Capsule
No. 11 Florida (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at Missouri (4-1, 1-1), 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Line: Florida by 4 1/2
Series Record: Missouri leads 3-1
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Florida leads the SEC East, the title Missouri has won the last two years, with wins over Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. Another win would give the Gators their first 5-0 start in conference since 2012. Missouri could sneak back into the Top 25 with a victory.
Missouri’s run game vs. Florida defense. Russell Hansbrough sprained his right ankle in a 34-3 season-opening victory against Southeast Missouri State and he’s been limited to 24 carries for 92 yards. Ish Witter is the team’s leading rusher with 69 carries for 279 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers average 209.6 rushing yards per game, ranked last in the conference. Florida has been dominant against the run, allowing 97.4 yards per game, ranked second in the conference behind Alabama.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida: Will Grier is the Gators’ first quarterback to pass 250 yards in consecutive games since Tim Tebow in 2007. Grier has thrown for 996 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. His 67.2 completion percentage ranks second in the SEC.
Missouri: QB Drew Lock. With Maty Mauk suspended indefinitely, Lock became the first freshman starter in 20 years in a 24-10 victory against South Carolina last week. The game plan emphasized short throws and he became the 75 percent of his passes in a conference game since Chase Daniel in 2008.
FACTS & FIGURES
Florida has amassed 1,268 yards passing, its highest total through five games since 2007. … Jim McElwain is the fourth coach in Florida history to begin his career 5-0, after Charles Bachman, Galen Hall and Steve Spurrier. … Florida’s Jonathan Bullard and Missouri’s Charles Harris are tied for most tackles for loss in the SEC with 9 1/2 apiece. … This will be the 104th homecoming game for Missouri, which claims to have begun the tradition in 1911… The Tigers are 2-4 at home against ranked opponents since joining the SEC in 2012. … LB Kentrell Brothers leads the SEC in tackles with 59, including 4 1/2 for loss.