GAINESVILLE, Fla. --Looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, No. 8/8 Florida (7-1, 6-1 SEC) welcomes SEC newcomer Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC) to the Swamp Saturday at noon (ESPN2) for the Tigers first visit to Gainesville.
Saturdayís game will be just the second meeting between the two schools, the only previous meeting came in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, when the Tigers held on to beat the Gators, 20-18.
UF is coming off of a 17-9 loss to No. 12/11 Georgia last Saturday in Jacksonville in which the Gators turned the ball over a season-high six times, but still had a chance to tie the game late in regulation. The Gators still remain alive in the race for the SEC East title, however, the road got more difficult after Saturdayís loss. Florida would need a win over Missouri to close out SEC play and have Georgia lose one of its final two league games, either at home vs. Ole Miss on Saturday or at Auburn the following week. †
Missouri earned their first-ever SEC win last weekend, defeating Kentucky, 33-10.
The Gators are attempting to win seven conference games in a season for the 12th time in school history.
Head Coach Will Muschamp is 2-0 all-time against Missouri, beating them twice as the defensive coordinator at Texas. In 2008, the Longhorns beat Mizzou, 56-31, and in 2009, Texas won 41-7 over the Tigers. In the two games, Muschampís defenses limited Missouri to 52.0 rushing yards per game and 208.5 passing yards per game and forced three total turnovers.
Florida has outscored opponents by a 193-88 margin in SEC play, including 57-11 in the 3rd quarter and 54-20 in the 4th quarter.
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