Gators On Offense
After Tyler Murphy’s performance through his first two and a half games had fans chanting “Murphy For Heisman!”, Murphy’s play against LSU was less than stellar. He will look to regain the Murphy Madness numbers against a Missouri defense that ranks 42nd in the country in points allowed. After praising Solomon Patton following the Arkansas game, his name was rarely called in Death Valley. Look for Pease to get him more involved and take some pressure off Murphy and Burton. With Matt Jones out, Mack Brown will take the brunt of the load but expect freshman Kelvin Taylor to get some carries as well. He looked explosive against LSU.
Gators On Defense
Florida’s defense has kept them in games they didn’t deserve to be. They rank third in the country in total defense and have held opponents to a 27% 3rd down conversion rate. Although Mettenberger didn’t look downfield much, Purifoy, Roberson, and Hargreaves kept the stellar LSU receivers in check. The Gators, who rank 2nd in the country in team passing effiency defense (85.52), should make things difficult for redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk. LSU stomped the Gators on the ground last game but Dante Fowler Jr. and co should be looking to rebound.
Tigers On Offense
The major storyline is that Missouri will be without standout quarterback James Franklin after suffering a shoulder separation against Georgia. In his place, redshirt freshman Maty Muak will makes his first ever collegiate start. Mauk threw three passes last week, all for completions. But things will be a lot more difficult against a stout Gators defense. Runningbacks Russell Hansbrough and Henry Josey should be able to lessen the pressure on Mauk but at the end of the day he will have to make plays in order to defeat the Gators.
Tigers On Defense
While Missouri has been putting up a lot of points, so have their opponents. As FanSided’s Missouri site Truman’s Tales pointed out, the Tigers have forced a turnover in every game this season thus far. An encouraging sign for a defense that also ranks 25th in rush defense. Expect the Tigers to have their hands full worrying about Murphy and his mobility. If Solomon Patton gets going, it will make things even more difficult. Defensive end Michael Sam has been a beast for Missouri thus far, leading the SEC in sacks and tackles for for a loss. Last week he returned a fumble 21 yards to the house.
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