This is the final conference game of the season for the No. 8 Gators (7-1, 6-1 SEC), who will try to rebound from a loss to Georgia last week. Missouri (4-4, 1-4) is fresh off its first SEC victory. St. Petersburg Catholic alumnus and Tigers LT Elvis Fisher will make his 46th career start. The Gators have the SEC's second-best scoring defense, and Missouri ranks near the bottom (No. 11) in scoring offense, which Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, right, said poses a challenge. The Gators are looking for more offensive balance this week, particularly trying to bolster a struggling passing game. And even though Florida didn't score a touchdown last week, the Gators have outscored SEC opponents 193-88 this season.
No. 8 Florida vs. Missouri, noon, ESPN2, 620-AM
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Florida had six turnovers against Georgia, more than it had in seven previous games. Missouri is second in Division I-A in fumbles recovered, so ball security has been a primary focus for UF this week. Missouri QB James Franklin, who has been in-and-out with injuries all season, will start, but how well he's able to move around and run, which is a key component of his game, remains to be seen.
Antonya English, Times staff writer