#4 LSU @ #10 Florida Gators
Sound the alarms, LSU is on upset alert.
It's been a season of ups and downs for LSU. They are still undefeated and sitting at #4 in the nation, but there's been a few bumps in the road.
The last two games for LSU have both been pre-Halloween scares. If a very close 12-10 victory over Auburn two weeks ago didn't give them goosebumps, their game with FCS Towson definitely did.
LSU trailed Towson at home late into the second quarter, but eventually were able to get things together and pull out a 38-22 victory. The score may not suggest it, but the fact remains that LSU is supposed to be a BCS National Championship contender. National Championship contenders don't struggle against FCS schools. Perhaps it was just a hiccup? If LSU can shut down Florida's offense and maneuver their way through the defense, I'll shut up and throw them back into the BCS Championship contenders hat. But for now, they're out.
For Florida, their defense has lived up to it's hype this season. The Gators D is tenth in the nation in points allowed, averaging 12.8 points a game. They've done a terrific job stopping the run and getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks that lead to turnovers.
Florida has also answered their offensive questions that lingered in the air to start the season. The Gators' running game has been unstoppable, averaging 225 yards a game. Not to mention that average includes the three SEC opponents they've played already.
Senior running back Mike Gillislee has carried the load for Florida's run game, having 69 carries for 402 yards and five touchdowns.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel has solidified his spot as the Gator's starting QB, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. The problem they face this weekend is whether or not their offensive line can contain a much more athletic defensive line.
The key matchup for today is how effective LSU's defensive line can be. LSU's line is one of the best in the nation. Both defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery are considered to be two of the best pass rushers in the nation. If they can get to Driskel and stop Gillislee in the backfield, Florida will have a long day. Florida has allowed Driskel to get sacked 12 times already this year, but eight of those sacks came against week two opponent Texas A&M. Excluding that game, Driskel has only been hit four times in four games.
So far, I've been impressed with how well Florida has played and if they can continue that today in "The Swamp", I would throw them into the 'BCS National Championship Contender's hat.' My prediction for today is that Florida will be thrown into that hat when the game ends. I think Florida will be able to grind through LSU's defense and eventually run over them. I think Florida's offensive line can contain LSU's big uglies upfront and push their way through, but it might take a while and a few shots on Driskel. But, I see Gillislee running close to 100 yards today and a pair of touchdowns.
Final score: Florida comes out on top, 23-17.