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Florida vs. Missouri, Game Thread: Home sweet home?

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Florida hasn’t been home in a minute. The Swamp has cool new end zones now. Can the Gators christen them?

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators last played a home game in early October. The Swamp should, thus, be loud and volatile for the Gators’ Homecoming game against Missouri (4 p.m., SEC Network or WatchESPN) on this Saturday.

Florida would probably prefer its offense to be more explosive than volatile. The Tigers, off a stunning collapse against Kentucky a week ago, have a secondary that might allow that to happen, even against Feleipe Franks. And Florida might need Franks to be good in this one, given how strong the Tigers have been against the run this year.

But the Gators should also be able to pressure Drew Lock so long as CJ Henderson plugs the hole he left last week against Georgia by leaving with an injury, as Todd Grantham’s blitz-happy scheme seems likely to be able to prolong Lock’s struggles against SEC teams this fall so long as Henderson can give Florida his customary coverage.

And if that’s the case, Florida has the potential to feast on Lock mistakes much like they did two years ago, when two pick-sixes helped the Gators to a 40-14 win over the Tigers.

I’m not sure exactly what we’ll see from Florida this Saturday, other than those new orange end zones. But I sure hope it’ll be a win when all is said and done.

Go Gators.