Good morning, Tiger Nation!
The monotony of Monday is over and it’s time to begin getting ready for what really matters: Football. Missouri will host nationally-ranked Florida in the school’s 104th homecoming game, in what is the SEC’s most pivotal game on Saturday.
- Maty Mauk remains suspended indefinitely, meaning Drew Lock will make his second career start Saturday against Florida. After seeing the freshman’s poise on last week, that may not be a bad thing for the Mizzou offense.
- Entering Saturday’s showdown with No. 11 Florida, the Tigers are still receiving some love nationally, grabbing votes in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll despite a less-than-impressive start to 2015.
- On the mend … tight end Sean Culkin is the only Tiger that has been ruled out for Saturday’s game due to injury. Tackle Nate Crawford is expected to start after missing last week’s game with an ankle injury. Malik Cuellar, who was suspended along with Maty Mauk for the South Carolina game, has returned to the team as well.
- Recruits on recruits … Coach Gary Pinkel picked up his 16th verbal commitment for 2016 Monday when 3-star Dallas native DeMarkus Acy made his pledge to Mizzou. Acy, rated as the No. 69 safety in the country, also had offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas Tech.
Other Missouri news from around the Internet
- With UGA’s loss to Alabama, Florida is the lone remaining undefeated team in the SEC East, allowing the Tigers to put themselves in the driver’s seat with a win over the Gators on Saturday. Here is a scouting report courtesy of Blake Toppmeyer.
- Drew Lock didn’t just impress Mizzou fans on Saturday; he also caught the eye of his offensive coordinator. Josh Henson had this to say of what his freshman quarterback’s efficiency means for his offense (via Dave Matter).
- Bowl projections: Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy released their bowl projections for the week. Schlabach had Missouri heading to the Music City Bowl in Nashville to play the Miami Hurricanes, while McMurphy had the Tigers rekindling an old Big 12 flame in the Liberty Bowl, taking on Kliff Kingsbury’s Texas Tech team in Memphis.
- Missouri’s visit to Sanford Stadium to play Georgia has been slotted for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will air on the SEC Network.