Florida Football: 3 takeaways from blowout win over Missouri in Week 9

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Florida football played its first game in weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak and the Gators didn’t disappoint against Missouri. What’d we learn?

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Dan Mullen’s teams always play with fire and sometimes that gets them in trouble. A couple of years ago, the Gators got into a scuffle with Vanderbilt after Derek Mason and Mullen got into a shouting match. On Saturday, Florida got into another fight with Missouri while heading into the locker room at halftime.

That didn’t matter much outside of ejections as nothing came of it and the Gators had their way with the rising Tigers, 41-17.

Missouri had been one of the biggest surprises in the SEC this season and Florida didn’t have any problem taking a lead early and holding on until the final whistle. The Gators didn’t look all that rusty after a few weeks off.

What’d we learn from the Gators’ blowout win over Missouri?

3. Florida needs to develop a consistent run game

If you’re going to win in college football these days, you need a balanced attack. Florida lacks one.

Last year, the LSU Tigers had one of the best with an elite passing attack with Joe Burrow leading the way and first-round draft pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the backfield. How much more balanced can you get?

Florida has Kyle Trask who is one of the best quarterbacks in the country but the run game has been almost non-existent. The Gators averaged just 122 yards per game on the ground heading into Saturday’s battle and they finished with 169 yards against Missouri.

If Florida wants to make a run at the SEC title and beat some of the big boys, it needs a decent run game so it’s not one-dimensional.

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