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Florida vs. Missouri: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Sep 21, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) reacts after the game at Memorial Stadium. Missouri defeats Indiana 45-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2013

Undefeated Missouri hosts Florida on Saturday in an SEC battle that could get ugly. 

The Tigers impressively knocked off Georgia last weekend on the road, thanks to a dominant defensive effort that resulted in four turnovers for the Bulldogs. 

Unfortunately, quarterback James Franklin injured his shoulder in the game, and he's expected to miss three to five weeks, as noted by ESPN's Brett McMurphy:

Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk is now the man leading the offensive charge for Mizzou, and he'll be tested right off the bat against the No. 3-ranked defense of the Florida Gators. 

The Gators enter the contest with a record of 4-2, having lost close games to Miami and LSU—two of the best teams in the nation. 

Florida's offense has perked up a little bit since Tyler Murphy took over for Jeff Driskel a few weeks ago, but he struggled badly against the formidable defense of LSU last weekend. He'll need to rebound in a big way for the Gators to get back on track with a win.

 

COLUMBIA, MO - MARCH 05:  Missouri Tigers fans raise their arms during a free throw during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena on March 5, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

When: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12:21 p.m. ET

Where: Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo.

Watch: ESPN 3

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 44.5 pts.
  • Spread: Missouri (+3.5)

 

Florida Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
D.L. PowellWRQues Sat - Ankle - 10/15/13
Chris ThompsonWRQues Sat - Foot - 10/13/13
Dominique EasleyDLQues Sat - Knee - 10/13/13
Quinteze WilliamsDLQues Sat - Disciplinary - 10/13/13
Matt JonesRBOut for season - Knee - 10/14/13
Jeff DriskelQBOut for season - Leg - 9/21/13
Matt RolinLBOut for season - Knee - 9/5/13
Chaz GreenOLOut for season - Shoulder - 8/30/13
Jordan SherittDLOut indefinitely - Knee - 9/20/13
Andre DeboseWROut for season - Knee - 8/14/13

 

Missouri Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
James FranklinQBQues Sat - Shoulder - 10/13/13

 

Will Maty Mauk Survive Against Florida's Defense?

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Maty Mauk #7 of the Missouri Tigers looks to pass against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It's a lot to ask of a redshirt quarterback, throwing him out against one of the nation's stingiest defenses and expecting him to win.

But that's exactly what Gary Pinkel plans on doing this Saturday.

Mauk stepped into a difficult situation last weekend at Georgia when Franklin left the game with his shoulder injury, so he's not completely untested. He completed all three of his attempts and helped lead Missouri on a scoring drive in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

But Georgia's defense hasn't been able to shut anyone down this year.

Florida, on the other hand, features one of the most feared defenses in college football. The Gators have allowed just 13 points per game, which is the fourth-best total in the nation. 

Mauk will be tested like he's never been tested before.

 

Prediction

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 05:  Tyler Murphy #3 of the Florida Gators attempts a pass during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Florida's defense will overwhelm the redshirt freshman on Saturday on passing downs, applying heavy pressure in an effort to force turnovers.

As a way to protect the young quarterback, Missouri must rely heavily on its rushing attack, but there won't be many open running lanes against the nation's No. 4-ranked run defense. 

On the other side, Florida's running game will have better success against Mizzou, and Murphy will bounce back after his rough outing against LSU.

The Gators have lost two tough road games this year, but the losing stops this weekend on the road against the Tigers.

 

Final Score 

Florida wins 21-17.

 

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