In NCAA football 2013 live stream and TV action on Saturday, Oct. 19, there's several great matchups between ranked opponents set to take place. One of the earliest will be an SEC showdown involving No.22 Florida and No.14 Missouri. Missouri has been climbing the ranks of the Top 25 and will look to stay undefeated, as the Gators will try to avoid falling out of the Top 25 next week. The latest TV and live stream NCAA football game takes place via ESPN's networks.
According to ESPN.com in their Oct. 19 report, Mizzou enters with a 6-0 overall record and a 2-0 record in the SEC. Florida has been struggling, and stumbling down the top 25 though. They have lost one in the SEC and two overall, producing a 4-2 record. Another loss could very well put them out of the Top 25 polls next week, and playing at Mizzou will be no easy task for the Gators.
Missouri is currently eighth in the nation in points for, averaging 45.7 a contest, and are coming off last week's big win against top ten SEC foe Georgia, 41-26. They're led by quarterback James Franklin who's thrown for 1,577 yards and 14 touchdowns on 132-of-195 completed passes. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Franklin will be out of today's game due to the shoulder sprain he suffered against Georgia last week. Luckily, Franklin will only miss about three to five weeks of time.
In his place will be redshirt frehsman quarterback Marty Mauk, according to CBS Sports. He'll be looking to throw to receiver L'Damian Washington has hauled in half of the touchdown passes from Franklin and nearly one-third of the yards with 455 on 29 catches. Dorial Green-Beckham has been almost as good in receiving with four touchdowns and about 400 yards on 27 catches. Will Mauk be able to step up at home in Franklin's absence? It will be tough against a tough Gators' defense.
On the other side, Florida tumbled last weekend in a 17-6 loss at No.10 LSU. They also were upset in their second game by Miami of Florida 21-16, giving them their two losses on the season. They'll play two straight ranked opponents in Missouri today and No.15 Georgia next week on CBS, with a chance for redeeming themselves. However, one or two losses will probably drop them from the top 25. The Gators have excelled in defense so far this season, holding teams to 13 points per game, which is fourth in the nation. In fact, only Miami has scored more than 17 on this team so far this season.
In terms of offense, Florida ranks No.104 in the nation with 21.8 points a game, but they've managed to get things done with their "D." Quartback Tyler Murphy has thrown 645 yards and 5 touchdowns on 54-81 passing, while Solomon Patton and Trey Burton have combined for about 50 catches and a combined 690 yards with 5 touchdowns. Mack Brown and Matt Jones have put in the rushing attack with 679 yards combined and 5 touchdowns on 170 carries on the ground. Will the Florida defense have enough to contain the eighth best team in the nation in scoring on their home field?
The odds makers have given the Gators the edge to win today's matchup at Missouri, making them favorites by a field goal. The over/under is set at a total of 44 points for the game. It's expected to be partly sunny at Missouri for the game, with temperatures in the mid-to-high 50's by game time and a west wind blowing at 6 to 11 miles per hour.
The Florida vs. Missouri 2013 NCAA football game has a start time of 12:21 p.m. EST from Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri. The game is available on TV for subscribers of ESPN's GamePlan service. It's also available free of charge live streaming online through the ESPN3 broadband sports network. See the game via ESPN3 here.