After a two week layoff due to a Covid-19 outbreak, Florida football returns to the gridiron with a home date against Missouri.
The following are our staff’s predictions for Florida – Missouri:
Brian Fox: Missouri is a physical team that ran the ball sixty-two times against Kentucky just one week ago. Florida has struggled to stop the run. If that happens on Saturday, the offense will, once again, see limited opportunities. The Gators are a more talented team, but after a two week layoff and the question marks we’ve seen on defense, this contest feels much more like a toss-up than a game with a 13-point spread. I’ll take Florida, 27-20, but that spread seems outrageous, all things considered.
David Soderquist: This prediction is going to be tough. Missouri is coming off two impressive wins against Kentucky and LSU. There’s no question Florida has a way better talent gap across the board than Missouri does, especially in Missouri’s backfield. Florida definitely puts up some points but how many? Missouri has shown this year they can compete with teams with a higher talent range. Florida is getting back Kyree Campbell on that defensive line and the defense has had to stew on the A&M loss for 2 weeks. I think we see a better defensive performance this week. But how much better will it be and will it be enough? After two weeks of no practice and plenty of rest. I’m going to pick Florida just based on talent and coaching alone, but this could be heavily contested. Until i can see Florida stop the run and get off the field on 3rd down, I honestly don’t have the confidence that they can hold this game to a blow out. Florida wins 42-35.
Jake Hitt: Most of the time I go into a game thinking “I have no idea what’s going to happen” because I subscribe to that theory of unpredictability. Nothing makes me think that more than this matchup. First off, the random or erratic nature of this annual game comes to mind. In 2014 Missouri beat the breaks off Florida in Gainesville with an offensive performance 2020 Indiana would look at with a smile .Then in 2015, Florida blanked Mizzou 21-0. There’s also the beatdowns the Tigers gave Florida in 2017 and 2018. With two weeks off, Gator fans can only hope their team doesn’t come out rusty. Missouri runs the ball a lot and A&M exploited that particular Florida weakness to take control of the game a few weeks ago. Also, Mizzou won its last two games playing two different styles: throw it everywhere, score touchdowns and grind it out, keep the ball away. But Kyree Campbell’s return could help Florida’s run defense. And that Gator offense is still stacked with weapons to be efficient if the possessions are limited. Watch out for Larry Roundtree at RB and Tigers QB Connor Bazelak who is fourth in the SEC in passer rating. I’ll go with the favorite but don’t be surprised if the Gators get tricked on Halloween. Florida 35-28.
Michael Pfeffer: There has been way too many obstacles and setbacks for the Gators to come out and cover the very generous 13-point spread that they’ve been given. The offense will be forced to shoulder the load for the team once again, but Mizzou will do all that they can to keep the ball and limit Florida’s possessions. The good news is that both teams have struggling defenses and the Gators can score quickly. Florida 41-31.
Florida and Missouri are set for a 7:30 PM (ET) kickoff from the Swamp. The game will be televised on the SEC Network’s alternate channel.