Florida football went into Columbia and escaped with a big win over Missouri to improve to 9-2. What’d we learn from the Gators’ win?
“War Eagle,” Dan Mullen shouted in a post-game interview with CBS after a 23-6 win over Missouri. Why did the Florida coach chant an opposing SEC team’s rally cry? Because the Gators are still technically in the hunt for the SEC East title and an Auburn win over Georgia would help.
The Gators had their way with Missouri, for the most part, to pull away with a 23-6 win on Saturday in Columbia and it’s clear the Tigers are reeling. For the fourth straight game, they’ve scored less than 20 points and for the third in a row, they’ve posted less than 10. Heck, in back-to-back games, the Tigers have been held out of the end zone.
Florida’s defense played well, but Kelly Bryant and Co. look like deer in headlights lately.
What’d we learn from the Gators’ big win over Missouri?
3. Offensive line struggled mightily
Dan Mullen said it at halftime that his line needed step up and block somebody and it showed that they struggled mightily against Missouri’s front — which was a major surprise.
Florida should have had the advantage up front, but Kyle Trask was facing pressure all afternoon and the run game just couldn’t get going. That’s not going to cut it against the big boys of the SEC and it definitely didn’t against an average Missouri team on Saturday afternoon.
The run game doesn’t really have an identity and it’s unfortunate because there are so many talented backs such as Dameon Pierce and Lamical Pernine with Emory Jones coming in to make plays from the quarterback position, but the line needs to play tougher.
It struggled mightily against the Tigers, and that’s one of the contributing factors for this game being so close.