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Florida vs. Missouri, Theater of Operations: Previewing the Missouri Tigers' offense

Despite the fact that the Missouri Tigers don't rank in the Top 90 in any offensive category, they do have some weapons.


I promise, this is the last delayed Theater of Operations of the year. This one is also short, but that wasn't on purpose. I swear.

The Missouri Tigers don't do anything well.

I'm not really sure if it's because they play "old-man football" or not. But it was speculated long before the season started, that they weren't all that prepared for the Southeastern Conference.

Looks like the experts finally got one right.

The Tigers are 1-4 in the SEC, with their lone victory coming over the Kentucky Wildcats. And now, the Tigers will stroll into The Swamp with their 102nd ranked passing attack and their 96th ranked rushing game.

That does seem to bode all that well. Just for giggles though, we'll take a look at what went right for them against Kentucky because we're nice.

And I'm over last week.

Play No. 1: Kendial Lawrence's 2 yard touchdown run


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This is just a simple hand off up the middle. The thing about Missouri is, they run pretty much the same formations that the Gators do. Only their "spread option" offense is slightly different.


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Good blocking by the offensive line creates the holes needed to get to the goal line.


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At the goal line, Lawrence shows his strength by plowing over two Wildcat defenders for the touchdown. I don't really think he'll be able to do that against Matt Elam and Josh Evans though.

Play No. 2: Marcus Murphy's 9 yard touchdown run


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This run reminds me of the couple of Georgia runs that burned the Gators defense. Over-pursuing is bad.


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The defensive line forces the play back up the middle. I guess it is really not over-pursuing, but rather good defense at this point.


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Some nice blocking by the Missouri offense creates a wall for Murphy and he's able to get to the edge and stroll in for the easy touchdown.

Play No. 3: Will Ebner and Brad Madison sack, force fumble

The Missouri defense isn't all that great either, they rank like 45th nationally in points against.


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Missouri blitzes both linebackers on this play, and it creates exactly the same situation that the Gators find themselves in at least ten times a game. Poor offensive line communication that results in nobody knowing who they are supposed to pick up and block.


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As the Missouri defense begins to break down the pocket, you can see that the Kentucky quarterback (Patrick Towles) has nowhere to go.


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To make matters worse for Kentucky, Towles fumbles.

As long as the Gators' heads are in the game, this one shouldn't be close. I'm thinking along the lines of 40-10, 37-13 and 34-7, something like that. Neither the Missouri offense, defense or special teams are really all that great. They're learning how to play in the SEC though.

All they need is the talent.

(Now watch, having said that, the Missouri of 2007 will somehow show up.)