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Missouri’s game today with Central Florida bigger than expected

Missouri quarterback James Franklin reaches back to pass during the first half against South Carolina last Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin reaches back to pass during the first half against South Carolina last Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — When Missouri’s schedule came out earlier this year, few would have circled the Tigers’ road contest at Central Florida as a game that would be termed as critical.

But as the Tigers play their fifth game of the season today in Orlando (11 a.m., Fox Sports Midwest-TV) it could prove to be a key turning point in a season that only gets tougher from this point on.

And with quarterback James Franklin admitting his shoulder injury is “killing” his confidence, today’s game takes on a whole new dynamic.

It may be no surprise the Tigers are ....

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