Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC) at No. 8 Florida (7-1, 6-1), noon

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville


Weather: 81 degrees, sunny

Online: OrlandoSentinel.com/swampthings. @osgators or #osuf

Coaches: Gary Pinkel (89-58 into his 12th season at Missouri, 162-95-2 into his 22nd season overall); Will Muschamp (14-7 into his second season at Florida).

Quick slant: The Gators and Tigers meet for only the second time; Missouri beat Florida 20-18 in 1966 Sugar Bowl. The Gators have not allowed a touchdown in three home SEC games this season. Missouri earned its first SEC win, 33-10 last weekend against Kentucky. Florida is a 17-point favorite.

About Missouri: The Tigers are 11th in scoring offense (24.4 ppg) and ninth in scoring defense (23.6) in the SEC. Missouri leads the nation with 17 forced fumbles, including six against Kentucky. The Tigers have 12 touchdowns in 26 red-zone trips. RB Kendi Lawrence has three 100-yard games, including 108 against Kentucky.

About Florida: The Gators have held past two home opponents – LSU, South Carolina – to fewer than 50 rushing yards. Florida leads the SEC with an average of 69.6 penalty yards. Only 1-7 Auburn has allowed more sacks (29) than Florida (26). Since he ran for 146 yards against LSU on Oct. 6, senior RB Mike Gillislee has 181 rushing yards in three games.

What to watch

1. The Gators are third in the nation in pass defense efficiency (90.7 rating), while Missouri in last in the SEC in pass efficiency (107.4).

2. Florida leads the nation in net punting (44.5 average), but Missouri returner Marcus Murphy has three touchdowns and averages 15.4 yards per return.

3. Tigers 295-pound DT Sheldon Richardson leads team with 57 tackles, 7 ½ for loss.


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