Game Day Headquarters: Florida Vs. Missouri

Besides a pivotal SEC contest happening in The Swamp Saturday, the Gators hope to get both of their quarterbacks untracked against the Missouri Tigers.

Florida Gators (3-2)(2-2) vs. Missouri Tigers (4-2)(1-1)
Saturday October 18, 2014; 7:00 P.M. ET
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field
TV: ESPN2

Florida Injuries: WR Latroy Pittman (probable), TE Jake McGee (out), OL Nolan Kelleher (out), DT Leon Orr (probable), Thomas Holley (out), LB Daniel McMillian (probable), LB Matt Rolin (out), CB J.C. Jackson (out).

DEPTH CHART

FLORIDA OFFENSE

LT: D.J. Humphries (JR); David Sharpe (FR)
LG: Trip Thurman (JR); Tyler Moore (JR)
C: Max Garcia (SR); Trip Thurman (JR)
RG: Trenton Brown (SR); Tyler Moore (JR)
RT: Chaz Green (SR); Roderick Johnson (FR)
TE: Clay Burton (SR; Tevin Westbrook (SR
QB: Jeff Driskel (JR); Treon Harris (FR)
RB: Matt Jones (JR); Kelvin Taylor (SO); Brandon Powell (FR)
Slot: Brandon Powell (FR), Latroy Pimman (JR), C.J. Worton
X-Rec: Demarcus Robinson; Andre Debose
Z-Rec: Quinton Dunbar; Ahmad Fulwood

FLORIDA DEFENSE

BUCK: Dante Fowler (JR); Alex McCalister (SO)
DT: Darious Cummings (SR); Caleb Brantley (FR)
DT: Leon Orr (SR)or Jonathan Bullard (JR); Joey Ivie (SO)
DE: Jonathan Bullard (JR) or Bryan Cox (SO); Gerald Willis (FR)
WLB: Antonio Morrison (JR); Daniel McMillian (SO)
MLB: Jarrad Davis (SO); Mike Taylor (SR)
SLB: Neiron Ball (SR); Alex Anzalone (SO)
NIK: Brian Poole (JR); Marcus Maye (SO)
CB: Vernon Hargreaves (SO); Quincy Wilson (FR)
CB: Jalen Tabor (FR); Brian Poole (JR)
Saf: Keanu Neal (SO); Marcus Maye (SO)
Saf: Duke Dawson (FR); Jabari Gorman (SR)

FLORIDA SPECIAL TEAMS

PK: Frankie Velez (SR); Austin Hardin (SO)
Punt: Kyle Christy (JR); Johnny Townsend (SO)
PR: Andre Debose (SR); Vernon Hargreaves (SO)
KR: Andre Debose (SR); Brandon Powell (FR)

MISSOURI OFFENSE

LT: Mitch Morse (SR); Nate Crawford (FR)
LG: Brad McNulty (JR); Jordan Williams (SO)
C: Evan Boehm (JR); Alec Abeln (FR)
RG: Connor McGovern (JR); Mitch Hall (JR)
RT: Taylor Chappell (JR); Clay Rhodes (FR)
TE: Sean Culkin (SO); Clayton Echard (JR)
QB: Maty Mauk (SO); Eddie Printz (FR)
RB: Russell Hansbrough (JR); Marcus Murphy (SR)
H-Rec: Jimmie Hunt (SR); Gavin Otte (SR)
X-Rec: Bud Sasser ((SR); J'Mon Moore (FR)
Z-Rec: Darius White (SR); Westley Leftwich (JR)

MISSOURI DEFENSE

DE: Markus Golden (SR); Marcus Loud (FR)
DT: Matt Hoch (SR); Lucas Vincent (SR)
NG: Harold Brantley (SO); Josh Augusta (SO)
DE: Shane Ray (JR); Charles Harris (FR)
WLB: Kentrell Brothers (JR); Dervin Ruise (SR)
MLB: Michael Scherer (SO); Eric Beisel (FR)
SLB: Clarence Green (JR); Donovan Newsom (SO)
CB: Kenya Dennis (JR); John Gibson (SO)
CB: Aarion Penton (SO); David Johnson (JR)
SS: Braylon Webb (SR); Duron Singleton (SR)
FS: Ian Simon (JR); Cortland Browning (JR)

MISSOURI SPECIAL TEAMS

PK: Andrew Baggett (JR); Nick Coffman (SO)
Punt: Christian Brinser (SR); Andrew Baggett (JR)
PR: Marcus Murphy (SR); Aarion Penton (SO)
KR: Marcus Murphy (SR); John Gibson (SO)

Florida Story Lines

Of course the big story is the heat that is on the Florida football program to win and do it soon. Because of that, this Missouri game is huge.

The Gators come in reeling from a game they certainly could have won versus LSU last weekend. Three turnovers and the lack of the big play plagued the Gators on offense. While the Tigers were able to put together some big running series last week, it was a blown coverage on a long play that really was the back breaker on defense. The lack of big plays on offense and too many on the passing defense are the biggest issues facing this team.

The Gators hope that the inclusion of freshman quarterback Treon Harris this week will be a big spark plug for an offense that needs that spark. Harris couldn't play last week because of an accusation of wrong doing that ended up being dropped. He is now available and hopes to bring some vitality to an offense like he brought in the opener against Eastern Michigan and in the fourth quarter against Tennessee.

That back story will be at the forefront of the game Saturday. Jeff Driskel will start, but Harris will see a lot of time on the field and will likely see it early in the game.

The other big issue on offense is dropped passes. It won't matter who throws the ball if the receivers don't catch it. The gators have 24 dropped passes in four games, almost five a game. It is enough to make Peyton Manning look average and certainly not conducive to a productive offense. Most want to blame a lot of the drops on Driskel, but at the end of the day if the ball hits them in the hands, they have to catch it.

Pass defense has been hit or miss, mostly positive but with a few huge errors that have been very costly. These errors were screw ups in communication that have left receivers uncovered and running deep and three different quarterbacks have taken advantage of it.

This issue should mostly be solved if everyone stays healthy in the secondary and Brian Poole can man the NICKEL position. The issues have come when he is in unfamiliar territory playing outside and the communication gaffes happen.

Against LSU, Vernon Hargreaves went down in the second quarter and Poole had to play outside again and the big blinder came when he missed a check after a play call.

Aa far as comparing the two teams, they are very similar. Florida runs the ball a little better, Missouri scores better in the passing game. Both teams have struggled putting points on the board.

Both teams are getting excellent ply out of their defensive line , Florida probably slightly better. If the Gators have the communication blunders fixed, they will be better in the secondary. Still, it is relatively close.

One big difference in the two teams is turnover margin. Missouri comes in even, while the Gators are +5, a full extra turnover per game. That number is skewed after last week's contest where the Gators turned it over three times and didn't get any from LSU.

I expect Florida to run more in this game with less chance of turning the ball over and that should play into their hands.

Special teams might also be a big advantage for the Gators. Return man Andre Debose is maybe the most dangerous guy returning kicks and punts in the entire nation and he has been highly effective this season.

In the end, I believe it will be a tight defensive game and Florida will gain the advantage needed. As much as the Gators really need an offensive explosion, it could happen, but I am not betting on it. My guess on the final score is Florida 20, Missouri 6.

Check out the rest of our work from the week... everything you need to know about this SEC contest at the following links.

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Fives for Missouri

Seconday bust addressed in practice


Keanu Neal

More stars visiting Gators for Missouri game

Podcast: Gators and More with Titus O'Neil

Thoughts of the day; Oct 17

McCalister goes from project to pass rusher

Thoughts of the day; Oct. 16

Video: Garcia says Gators have to make plays

Rapid Recap: Florida-Missouri week

Notebook: How Taylor can get more carries


Kelvin Taylor

Thoughts of the day; Oct. 15

Florida's 2015 schedule announced

Westbrook moving past costly drop

No decision on how to split QB reps

Thoughts of the day; Oct 14

Redman reaction: Offense vs. LSU

Podcast: Gators and More with Hollywood Bob

Notebook: Problems at the goal line


Brandon Powell

Both quarterbacks will play Saturday

Thoughts of the day; Oct. 13

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