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Missouri Tigers offense must get moving against UCF

Missouri needs to put points on the board against Central Florida before returning to SEC play.

Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Missouri offense has not been spectacular so far in the 2012 season, to state it kindly. Since blowing out Southeastern Louisiana 62-10 in the opener, the Tigers have totaled 54 points in three games, two of which were in-conference losses to Georgia and South Carolina.

Edward Aschoff at ESPN lists Missouri's offense as one of his things to watch for in SEC play during Week 5. Aschoff says the Tigers are lacking in creativity and "it's having trouble getting much push up front."

Quarterback James Franklin's shoulder injury is also a factor, as he says the pain is bothering his play. Franklin was unimpressive in Missouri's 31-10 loss to South Carolina last Saturday.

Central Florida should provide a decent test of the Tigers' progress. The Knights held Akron and Florida International to 14 and 20 points, respectively, in two wins, and gave up 31 to no. 14 Ohio State in a 15-point loss.