Gators still in SEC East hunt

Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:44 p.m.

The immediate future does not look bright for Florida football.



* What: No. 22 Florida (4-2) at No. 14 Missouri (6-0).

* When: 12:21 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium, Columbia, Mo.

TV/Radio: FOX, WRUF.

* Information: Visit

The Gators are coming off a 17-6 loss Saturday at LSU. They were inconsistent on defense, unable to score a touchdown offensively and lost the battle on both lines of scrimmage.

UF dropped five spots to No. 22 in The Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' rankings, and four of the final six opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25.

But not all hope is lost for Florida coach Will Muschamp and his team.

"We have control of everything. All the chips are on the table for us," he said during his Sunday television show. "We've got everything sitting in front of us to get to Atlanta."

The SEC East race is wide open halfway through the season. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina all have one conference loss, and Missouri is sitting atop the standings at 2-0.

UF would be in first place in the East with a victory this weekend over the unbeaten Tigers in Columbia, Mo.

"We're going to Missouri this week," Muschamp said. "They've got a good football team. They're undefeated. They spread you offensively. Defensively, they do an outstanding job."

Muschamp said his offensive and defensive linemen have to play better for Florida to win.

Against LSU, UF reached the Tigers' 20 twice in the fourth quarter and only came away with three points.

Zach Abolverdi is a Gainesville Sun correspondent.

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