Character matters: Surging Tigers roll over Gators, win third straight

Missouri cruised past Florida 45-16 to earn its third straight win. (Josh Kurelac/KRCG13)

COLUMBIA --- You could say these teams are from different states and different schools.

But really, Missouri and Florida are from the same school.

It could be the School of Hard Knocks, but it goes beyond that. You can call this particular institution Jerry Springer University, or Dysfunctional U, because these are dysfunctional football families.

There's a big difference between the two, however. Missouri has happily graduated from DU, moving their tassels to the left side of their helmets and moving on. These Tigers are getting better all the time, something that seemed unlikely, if not impossible, a few short weeks ago.

Florida is still in full-blown dysfunction with no end in sight. Even worse, the Gators have lost all interest ... we saw a better effort from our local political hero, Leonard Steinman, in his attempt to become Missouri's next governor. As you probably know, Leonard's campaign consisted of a painted van, great hats and his beard.

(Did you know Steinman actually won 3.7 perecent of the vote in the 2016 Democratic primary? Amazing. Well played, Leonard.)

But that was a 3.7 percent better chance than Florida had Saturday, as the Tigers (4-5, 1-4SEC) dismantled the once-proud Gators (3-5, 3-4) 45-16 before 49,154 at Faurot Field to win their third straight and produce their fifth straight noteworthy effort.

Hold on, Michael Porter, it's not basketball season just yet.

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