COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- Missouri and the University of Central Florida kickoff Saturday at 11 a.m. and many fans will be closely watching. The 2-2 Tigers look to rebound after a blowout loss to South Carolina last Saturday.
Central Florida is 2-1 and coming off a win against Florida International. The Knights play in Orlando, Florida at Bright House Networks Stadium, which can seat around 45,000 fans. This week, the Central Florida athletics website has been advertising Saturday’s game with “Big games call for big crowds.”
Missouri is looking to show some doubters what the Tigers are capable off after losing its first two SEC games against Georgia and South Carolina. Both teams are nationally ranked and considered among the best in the country.
Mizzou has to take care of Central Florida on Saturday. If beating teams in the SEC is going to be at a premium, they need to take care of business and win against schools not as highly regarded.
Whether or not Central Florida is included in that regard, we need to see more from every facet of the Tiger squad. And it all starts up top with coaching.
I want to see a less conservative play call against a Knights team that is currently surrendering a little more than 21 points a game. Fans this week started talking about benching junior quarterback James Franklin and playing freshman Corbin Berkstresser.
Franklin needs to show whats Mizzou fans know he’s capable of if he wants to keep his starting job. The Tigers are too talented to be boggled down with talks about benching the starting quarterback.
The defense is coming off a brutal game against South Carolina. Missed tackles were the highlight and the Mizzou defense needs to improve if they want to regain some national attention.