(Missouri Football App) – Points will be at a premium for the Missouri offense Saturday.
The Tigers will be facing the SEC’s best defense. The Gators currently rank 5th in the country in both total defense and points given up. On average, Florida only surrenders 14.46 points per game and only gives up 287.46 yards.
The Gators lost many players on the defensive side of the ball after last season, but the unit continues to shine. Florida leads the league when it comes to defending the run. How well it can handle Mizzou's high powered rushing attack will help determine the outcome of the game.
“It’s very difficult to score points again,” Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said. “If you look at what they’ve done, they lost a lot of players and I expected a drop off but Will Muschamp has done such a good job at Florida. They have a system, a scheme in place where they plug their players in and they are playing great defense again.”
Despite the good numbers against the run, LSU ran the ball very effectively against the Gators last week. The performance was atypical, and a problem that Muschamp believes is easy to fix.
“I think as much as anything, gap control [was a problem], and when you play a team like that, you have to get off blocks. I mean you have to disengage and get off blocks, we got locked on blockers too much and didn’t disengage enough in getting off blocks and making plays,” Muschamp said. “So as much as anything, just sometimes when things aren’t going well, you need to fall back to your base fundamentals of striking the block, getting off a block and making a play.”
Last year’s close loss in Gainesville may very well be a preview of what is to come this weekend. (Not necessarily the outcome, but the way in which the game is played). A field position, turnover filled contest where a non-offensive touchdown may determine the result.