What’s today? Hump Day! Just three episodes of Jimmy Fallon sit between you and a huge Missouri showdown with nationally-ranked Florida.
Here’s what you should know now:
- For the second week in a row, there is no quarterback controversy in Columbia, Mo., with “Locktober” set to continue Saturday when Mizzou hosts No. 11 Florida. But Drew Lock will see a significantly better defense than what he saw last Saturday against South Carolina, as the Gators rank second in the SEC in sacks (18) and are tied for first in turnovers forced (11). Can the freshman continue to live up to the hype?
- Faurot Field may not have been friendly confines in the infamous Fifth Down Game in 1990, but coach Gary Pinkel has since changed all that. Saturday will mark Mizzou’s 104th homecoming game. An overall record of 60-38-5 is impressive, but the Tigers have been blistering hot recently under Pinkel in such games, winning 10 of their last 13. That includes a victory over No. 1 Oklahoma 36-27 in 2010.
- It is never too early to speculate where Mizzou could go bowling. While games with Florida and UGA will ultimately decide whether the Tigers will play for the SEC Championship and a potential New Year’s Day bowl bid, a date against a former Big 12 rival is more likely.
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- Mizzou rushed for a season-high 163 yards in last Saturday’s win over South Carolina, 98 of which came from Ish Witter. But former walk-on tailback Tyler Hunt continues to draw great reviews from teammates and coaches alike, prompting speculation that the Huntsville, Mo. native (population: 1,564) deserves an increased role moving forward.
- Lock was the first Missouri starter since Chase Daniel to complete at least 75 percent of his passes in a conference game. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native is also the first true freshman that Pinkel has ever started at quarterback, but both his teammates and the coaching staff are buying into “Locktober”.
- Dave Matter makes sense of Monday’s media availability, including what Mizzou quarterback coach Andy Hill thinks sets a dangerous Florida defense apart from others the Tigers have seen.
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- Tennessee WR coach addresses rumors that Butch Jones punched a player
- Race for 4-star defensive tackle Michail Carter heating up
— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) October 6, 2015