Gators Welcome Missouri to The Swamp for Homecoming Weekend
In the midst of a schedule controversy due to the postponement of last week’s game vs. LSU, the Florida Gators welcome Missouri to Gainesville as a part of Homecoming weekend on campus this Saturday. Kickoff at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is slated for 4:00 p.m. with coverage of the contest airing live on the SEC Network. If you can’t make it to Gainesville, why not celebrate Homecoming with the Baltimore Gators? The club will host its weekly watch party at The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row, so come on out in your best Orange and Blue and root on the Gators as they take on the Tigers in a SEC East showdown.
The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC) moved up to No. 14 in the Coaches Poll last week despite sitting idle as Hurricane Matthew forced the postponement of the Gators’ scheduled home game against LSU. UF last took the field on Oct. 1 when the Orange and Blue defeated Vanderbilt, 13-6, in a hard-fought contest in Nashville. The Gators managed just 236 yards on offense, but scored the only touchdown of the game thanks to a 4-yd. run by Jordan Scarlett. The UF defense was stingy again, limiting the Commodores to just a pair of field goals while forcing two turnovers (one interception and one fumble).
Missouri (2-3, 0-2 SEC) stumbles into Gainesville after a scheduled bye week on the heels of a 42-7 drubbing at the hands of LSU in Baton Rouge. The Tigers fell behind 35-0 before getting on the board with 6:11 left in the fourth quarter. In Missouri’s other conference game this year, the Tigers dropped a close one to Georgia, 28-27, at home. MU looked to pull off the upset, leading 27-21, with less than two minutes remaining, but could not hold on as UGA scored a touchdown with 1:26 left.
The contest on Saturday will be a classic offense vs. defense affair. Missouri ranks 15th in the nation in total offense, averaging 508.6 yards per game while scoring 27.0 points per contest. On the flip side, the Gator defense ranks second, behind only Michigan, in total defense, surrendering just 230.4 yards per game and holding opponents to just 11.6 points per game.
Florida will attempt to draw level in the all-time series between the two schools as Missouri currently holds a slim 3-2 lead in the five previous meetings. Last season the Gators went to the Show Me State and knocked around the Tigers in a 21-3 road victory. UF jumped out to a quick lead as Kelvin Taylor rushed for two touchdowns and then the Gator D did its thing, holding Mizzou to 257 yards and picking off Drew Lock twice.