Florida Gators: Looking Ahead to the LSU Tigers
The Florida Gators continue their SEC schedule this Saturday at 3:30 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as they welcome the #5 LSU Tigers. This is one of the best rivalries in college football. The Gators are coming off a win against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville. The LSU Tigers have made it look easy with their tough schedule. They have beat the Miami Hurricanes and Auburn Tigers to name a few.
At the press conference from earlier this week, players and coaches from both teams said this is the game of the year. This is a classic SEC game that is now starting to mean something once again. Last year game was an LSU 17-16 win and what was the end for Jim McElwain as the Gators head coach. On the other hand, coach Ed Orgeron used it to keep his job and earn the head coaching job for LSU. There have been many games in the past that made or broke each of these two teams’ seasons. Look for this one to also mean a lot to the one who wins.
Last week Dan Mullen made some adjustment to the Florida Gators offense. This is not the typical fun and gun offense, but it is working. Feleipe Franks has 12 touchdown passes in the first four games. That is more than he had all of last year when he had 9. The defense adjusted last week in the second half. They held the Bulldogs to no points after just allowing two field goals in the first half. This will be a harder game for the offense as the LSU defense is one of the toughest in college football.
Coach Orgeron has the LSU offense also moving in the right direction. The issues that it will have is injuries. They are banged up on the offensive line. This will make the advantage to the Florida Gators defense. They have been a nightmare for the opposition. They have 14 takeaways which are tied for #1 in the nation. This will be interesting to watch.
This matchup will come down to who wins the battle on defense. It will be a battle from the opening kickoff. Both teams will be ready and pumped up for the matchup. The winner well setup themselves up for maybe an SEC Championship appearance. Of course, the Florida Gators will have to get past the Georgia Bulldogs. The LSU Tigers will have to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. This is a game I look forward to every year no matter whether it is played in Gainesville or Baton Rouge.
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