Drew Lock (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

Fightin' Gators goes behind enemy lines to discuss Missouri with Black and Gold Illustrated.

Fightin' Gators goes behind enemy lines to speak to Black and Gold Illustrated's Nate Latsch to learn more about Missouri.

After a few weeks away from the Swamp, Florida returns home. The Gators will host Missouri for their Homecoming game on Saturday. The Tigers are coming off a bye week and are looking to shake off a 42-7 loss to LSU. Who is Missouri? 

The Offense

Gators fans will certainly have their eyes on Luke Del Rio, who will return under center for Florida on Saturday after missing the last two games. However, it is his counterpart on the other side that will be key in this game. Drew Lock has quietly become the SEC leader in passing yards. Lock has thrown for 1,675 yards and 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He averages just under 280 yards passing yards per contest. 

In the loss to LSU, Lock struggled and finished 17-of-37 for 167 yards and an interception. 

The sophomore has proven his ability to stretch the field this season and has plenty of targets available. Missouri averages 350.6 passing yards per contest which ties for eighth in the FBS. J'Mon Moore leads Missouri's receivers with 450 yards receiving. 

As many of Florida's players and coaches said this week, Missouri is a real threat on big plays-plays of 20 yards or more. They also run a play every 17.2 seconds, which is the fastest in the FBS.

The Defense

Although a lot of focus pregame has been the battle between the Tigers wide receivers and the Gators defensive back, there is going to be a battle brewing for Florida's offenisve line. David Sharpe and Jawaan Taylor will need to keep a watchful eye on defensive end Charles Harris. Harris has three sacks in the last two SEC games for the Tigers. 


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