SEC Football: LSU at Florida is the Game of the Week
A few things have surprised me in this young season of SEC Football. None more so than the early play of the LSU Tigers. There isn’t a team in college football that can boast of two better wins than the Tigers right now. The Bayou Bengals have a win over #17 Miami and #8 Auburn.
LSU enters the Week Six SEC Football matchup with the Florida Gators ranked 5th in the nation. Head coach Ed Orgeron has his team 5-0. After a road upset in his return to Starkville, Dan Mullen returns home to host the Tigers. The Gators are 4-1 nearing the midway point of 2018.
How do these two teams match up with each other? Let’s take a look.
LSU OFFENSE VS. FLORIDA DEFENSE
Ohio State grad transfer Joe Burrow has settled into the role of starting quarterback nicely. Burrow is by no means flashy. He is only completing 53% of his passes. However, Burrow is taking care of the ball. He has not thrown an interception in five games.
Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have formed a solid 1-2 punch in the backfield. I have also been pleasantly surprised by the emergence of sophomore wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Jefferson has 294 yards on 18 catches with two scores. LSU will be without the service of two starting offensive linemen. Garrett Brumfield is out this week, and Lloyd Cushenberry is questionable to play.
Florida edge rusher Jachai Polite announced his presence last week with a two-sack game against Miss State. He and Jabari Zuniga can cause issues for the Tigers offensive line. The Florida secondary isn’t stacked as in years past. Chauncey Gardner is the best of the bunch. He can make noise on the back end or down in the box.
FLORIDA OFFENSE VS. LSU DEFENSE
Feleipe Franks has been solid, if not unspectacular. Franks has a big arm. He will have a hard time this week throwing on a tremendous LSU secondary. Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine are a nice duo. They need to take the pressure off of Franks.
The LSU defense starts with stud linebacker Devin White. White is a future first-round talent. White leads the team with 44 tackles. The rise of Grant Delpit this year has been fascinating to watch. The sophomore safety has dominated in all areas. Delpit has 27 tackles, three sacks, and two INTs.
SEC FOOTBALL G.O.T.W. PREDICTION
I struggle to see how the Florida Gators are going to move the football enough. LSU isn’t exactly an offensive juggernaut, but they have moved the ball when they needed to. I have no reason to believe that won’t be the case on Saturday in Gainesville.
LSU 24, FLORIDA 10
REST OF THE SEC WEEK SIX SCHEDULE
Alabama @ Arkansas, 11 am ESPN
Missouri @ South Carolina, 11 am SECN
LA-Monroe @ Mississippi, 3 pm SECN
Kentucky @ Texas A&M, 6 pm ESPN
Vanderbilt @ Georgia, 6:30 pm SECN
Auburn @ Mississippi State, 6:30 pm ESPN2
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