Florida’s Oct. 8 matchup with the Missouri Tigers now has a noon kickoff time and will air on ESPNU.
The program announced the start time on social media Monday, providing some clarity at a murky point in the schedule. On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Gators are supposed to host Eastern Washington, but Hurricane Ian could change that. The storm is expected to make landfall on Wednesday or Thursday and could prevent the game from happening.
If this week’s contest does get canceled, the UF’s homecoming game against Missouri game is next up and a must-win. Losing to Missouri would put the Gators at 0-3 in conference play and raise the panic level to the maximum. Remember, Dan Mullen‘s last game with Florida was against Missouri, so losing to the Tigers is probably something Billy Napier wants to avoid.
That’s not to say a loss would signal the end of the Napier era, but it would make his seat a lot hotter heading into year two.
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Mizzou has taken three of the last five meetings between these teams and has two wins in the Swamp since 2012 — most recently in 2018 by a score of 38-17. Florida won the last contest, 41-17, but that was the Kyle Pitts, Kyle Trask offense that made it to the SEC Championship Game and Cotton Bowl.
The 2022 Gators don’t appear to be at that level, but perhaps a big win over Missouri could jump-start something. Anthony Richardson will be looking for his first SEC win as a starter, so expect some big number from him.
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