Garrett Bridges, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers just came off easily their toughest loss of the season. In fact, some got an ESPN update saying Mizzou won 14-9 while the game was still going on. When the clock went to 0:00 for the final time, Mizzou had that lead. But after a 2-yard TD pass by Terry Wilson to CJ Conrad on an untimed down, the Mizzou faithful’s hearts were broken. Now, the Tigers travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators, ranked No. 11 in the nation by the College Football Playoff Committee.

In many ways, Florida is very similar to the Kentucky team Mizzou just played at home. Florida doesn’t have a Benny Snell Jr on their team, but they have a sound defense full of playmakers and an offense predicated on running the football. Ironically, Kentucky had much more success throwing the ball against Mizzou than running it, as Mizzou has a stout front seven itself. If Florida is to win this game, they will need to find big plays through the air against a Mizzou secondary that doesn’t even compare in experience to Mizzou’s front seven, much less Florida’s secondary.

Emmanuel Hall is finally back on the depth chart for the first time since Week four. If he plays, look for him to be a big factor. He has been dealing with the death of his father and a serious groin injury. Instead of taking advantage of the the new rule that allows players to redshirt if they only play four games in a given season, Hall intends to play through the pain and end his senior year on a good note. If you don’t remember, Hall was statistically one of the best receivers in college football when healthy this year. In the two games before the groin injury, he had two 171-yard performances, one game with four catches, the other with ten. His big-play ability and ability to run all sorts of routes could really open up this Mizzou pass offense. If Hall looks good, then no Florida defender can stick with him.

If Mizzou can throw in this game, Florida won’t win. Drew Lock at his best is still better than any quarterback in the nation, especially Feleipe Franks.