Scouting Florida’s 2020 opponents: Game 10 — Missouri

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Missouri running back Larry Rountree III against Arkansas during an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Editor’s note: While we have no idea when college football will start, we are bringing you a look at each of the 12 opponents Florida has scheduled to play.

Today: Missouri.

When: Nov. 14, TBD.

Where: Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Last year: Missouri was the sexy pick to make some noise in the SEC East — in part because of the addition of former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant — and the Tigers got off to a 5-1 start. But they lost five of the last six, a bowl ban was upheld by the NCAA and coach Barry Odom was canned. Among those losses was a 23-6 setback to Florida in Columbia, Mo.

Outlook for 2020: Eli Drinkwitz is another one of those new coaches who is hamstrung by not having a spring practice to get his offense installed. The Tigers return plenty of defensive talent from a unit that ranked 14th in the nation, but will have to have better offensive line play and find an efficient quarterback to have a chance to make noise in the East.

Best offensive player: Larry Rountree’s numbers dropped a bit last year, but the senior enters his final year with 2,748 rushing yards and 26 career touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how much he is used in the passing game in the fast-paced offense.

Best defensive player: Junior Nick Bolton is one of those ball-seeking missiles that every defense covets. He had 100 tackles last year, including a stretch of three SEC games in which he had 37. 

Fun fact: Memo to networks — if you want a down-to-the-wire game, stay away from Florida-Missouri. In the last seven games between the two teams the average margin of victory has been 22.7 points. 

Quote: “Drinkwitz takes over a better situation than a lot of first-year coaches. I think seven wins would be a good season. The goal should be to have a winning record.” Gabe DeArmond, PowerMizzou.com.