Missouri Tigers

RECORD 3-5
CONFERENCE RECORD 0-4
NEXT OPPONENT Florida Gators

Florida Gators

RECORD 3-4
CONFERENCE RECORD 3-3
NEXT OPPONENT Missouri Tigers

GAME INFORMATION:

GAME TIME Noon
LOCATION Columbia, MO
STADIUM Faurot Field
NETWORK ESPN 2
LINE -165 MIZZOU / +145 FLA
OVER/UNDER 61(-105)u MIZZ / 61(-115)o FLA

Tigers Key Player

QB Drew Lock

The Tigers are trusting Drew Lock to lead Missouri to a victory. Lock is also dealing with the pressure of looking to get the Tigers’ first conference win in the SEC, and look to do it at home against a struggling Gators team.

Gators Key Player

QB Malik Zaire

Malik Zaire is taking the Gators’ offense under his control. After getting the call for Florida under Randy Shannon, he is looking to take the offense to the promised land, and to a fourth conference victory on the road at Missouri.

Game Preview and Analysis

The Florida Gators are now in the middle of an experiment. With Jim McElwain gone and Randy Shannon coming in, this is, without question, a make-or-break football game for the Gators. They will travel to Columbia to face off with the Missouri Tigers in a noon showdown.

Firstly, not only is this the inaugural game for Randy Shannon’s tenure as the head coach for Florida, but this will also have another first for Florida. Quarterback Malik Zaire, who transferred to Florida from Notre Dame earlier this year, will get his first start on Saturday to start a Shannon Shakeup in Gainesville.

While Zaire starting may seem like it could be the start of something great, Saturday will be the most important game for Florida solely for a look at how the rest of the season will play out for the boys of Gainesville.

Secondly, with Florida going 3-3 on the season and coming off a humiliating loss to Georgia in Jacksonville one week ago, the Gators are looking to stop the bleeding on a free-falling season.

With the world crashing down around the organization, this is the time for Florida to put out the flames of despair known as the 2017 college football season. Florida needs to bring an extinguisher, because a loss would continue a horrible, horrible thing.

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Stephen Cabrera is a journalism student at the University of Florida. Lifelong sports fan from Miami, Florida and former high school wrestler. Always remember: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott.
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Stephen Cabrera is a journalism student at the University of Florida. Lifelong sports fan from Miami, Florida and former high school wrestler. Always remember: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott.
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