It was a nightmare in the Swamp for Missouri quarterback James Franklin on Saturday.
Franklin was 24-for-51 for 234 yards and four interceptions in the Tigers 14-7 loss against No. 7 Florida. The interceptions were untimely and Franklin often missed wide open receivers that could’ve led to big plays. The Tigers extraordinary defensive effort was wasted because of an inefficient offense.
Missouri didn’t choke – it was playing a superior opponent on the road – but an opportunity was certainly lost in Gainesville. The Tigers need to win two of their last three games to be bowl eligible. Next week Mizzou travels to struggling Tennessee, who are also fighting for a chance to play in a bowl game.
The Volunteers are coming off a close call at home to 4-5 Troy. Tennessee eked out a 55-48 victory over the Sun Belt opponent. Franklin and the Tigers offense should be able to move the ball against a porous defense. A better performance from the Tigers quarterback and another strong game by the defense would make Mizzou’s first trip to Knoxville very interesting.