Jump inside below Territory of Gators The crew made their predictions for Florida’s Halloween match with Elijah Drinkwitz and the Missouri Tigers.
Bender: I don’t expect Saturday to be one of the cleaner performances from Dan Mullen’s team. There’s no doubt the most talented-equipped roster, but Missouri has a good chance of playing spoiler on Halloween. Unlike last week’s victory over Kentucky, the Tigers’ attack has scored at least 35 points in every game this season and is more likely to hit multiple tackles in Gainesville; However, it is still difficult to envision the Tigers passing the UF past four-quarters, even though the Gator had only a few complete practices for eliminating rust. Florida crime will continue to take place and will eventually disappear at the beginning of the fourth quarter. A win is a win this week, especially considering the obstacles the Gator has had to overcome.
POINT: 38-28, Florida.
Abolverdi: If a breakout never happened and UF played Missouri as planned last Saturday, I think it will be an easy win. But with Florida going through 21days of non-competition and inadequate training until this Thursday, the Tigers have a chance to turn this into a match. I was surprised to see Gators as 13-point favorites, but they’re still the more talented team and will eventually overpower Mizzou with their high-scoring style. Florida will lack some defensive starting points due to COVID protocols, but the unit will play better ahead with the return of spearhead Kyree Campbell.
POINT: 35-24, Florida.
Clarke: With Gator coming back after a period of layoffs and expected to play some new games starting out due to need, I think the team will get rid of some rust and may go through day-to-day difficulties. increased early in the game as they tried to regain their foothold. So I think this match will be over soon and maybe even into the fourth quarter. I expect the Florida attack to continue like this in the first month of the season, and the addition of Campbell back into the squad should give the final defense a small step forward. The Gator should go late.
POINT: 38-27, Florida.
Reynolds: After three weeks off playing for UF, I don’t think it will be a particularly clean match. I hope to see some messy matches, but the key for the Gators will soon correct their mistakes so they can find their common ground as a team. Florida’s offense is no problem against the Tigers, the only SEC team that hasn’t been intercepted this season. However, Missouri should also have some success with midfielder Connor Bazelak against a vulnerable UF side player. Avoiding getting blown away and just playing a clean game was key for Gators on Saturday.
POINT: 38-24, Florida.