Week 6: No. 12 Florida Gators vs. No. 9 LSU Tigers

By Adam Silverstein
October 9, 2010

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 76°F, clear skies
Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)

TV: ESPN/ESPNHD
Sirius/XM: 220/199
Online Video: ESPN3.com
Online Audio: Yahoo!
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

No. 12 FLORIDA GATORS No. 9 LSU TIGERS
Head Coach: Urban Meyer Head Coach: Les Miles
Record: 4-1 (2-1) Record: 5-0 (3-0)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -6.5; O/U 42

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Florida has won 14 consecutive home games. The Gators’ previous winning streaks of 24-straight regular season games and 16 regular season SEC games in a row were broken last week with a loss to Alabama.
» UF leads the all-time series 30-23-3 against LSU, holding a 14-10-3 advantage in Gainesville. The Gators have won back-to-back games in the series, defeating the Tigers 51-21 in 2008 and 13-3 in Baton Rouge last season.
» For the first time all season, Florida did not record an interception last week. The Gators still lead the nation with 12 picks.
» Florida (13.8) and LSU (15.2) are ranked second and third in the SEC in fewest points allowed per game since 2009.
» The Tigers’ defense allows an SEC-low 246.6 total yards and 79.0 rushing yards. Additionally, LSU is giving up just 12.4 points per game, good for second in the conference and fifth in the entire nation.
» The Gators have the best red zone touchdown percentage in the SEC since 2007 (156/230 – 67.8%).
» Florida had gone 14-for-14 in the red zone over the previous two games with 13 touchdowns and a field goal. Against Alabama, UF went 1-4 in the same area. As a team they are now 18-for-23 in the red zone in 2010 with 16 touchdowns and two field goals.
» Since the coaching change in 2005, the Gators lead the SEC in rushing touchdowns (166), passing touchdowns (148), total touchdowns (341), passing yards (16,610), third-down conversion percentage (46.6%), pass efficiency (155.5) and interceptions (106). The Tigers are also ranked in many of those categories including rushing touchdowns (2nd – 132), passing touchdowns (2nd – 123), total touchdowns (2nd – 275), passing yards (4th – 14,973), third-down conversion percentage (2nd – 42.1%), pass efficiency (3rd – 135.2), interceptions (3rd – 76).

KEEP AN EYE ON…

» Redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley…who had thrown 156 consecutive passes without an interception dating back to 2009, now has a 6-3 TD/INT ratio this season after throwing two picks last week. He has completed 89-of-145 passes (61.4 percent) for 902 yards and has a passer rating of 123.2.
» Freshman QB Trey Burton…who set a school record and SEC freshman record by scoring six touchdowns in a single game against Kentucky. He has eight scores on the season, has played five positions and may see more time behind center with Brantley ailing from a rib injury suffered last week.
» Junior running back Jeff Demps…who has led the Gators in rushing in every game this season with totals of 98, 139, 73, 57 and 47 yards. He is averaging 6.5 yards per carry this year and is the nation’s active RB leader in yards per touch since 2008 (7.3).
» Redshirt junior wide receiver Deonte Thompson…who is averaging over 60 yards per game this season. As Brantley’s primary pass catcher, 18 of Thompson’s 21 receptions this year have been for first downs.
» Redshirt senior WR Carl Moore…who continues to be clutch for the Gators each week. Moore’s last eight catches have all been for first downs including two against Tennessee, four against Kentucky and two against Alabama.
» Florida’s secondary…which has intercepted eight balls this season but was held without a pick last week for the first game this year. Senior safety Ahmad Black (three), redshirt sophomore CB Jeremy Brown (three) and junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins (two) and are leading the way for the unit. Brown returned one for a touchdown last week, and Black is tops on the team with 37 tackles on the year while also being the conference’s active leader in interceptions (11) and interception return yards (233).
» Senior defensive end/linebacker Duke Lemmens…who has been a major part of the team’s new “heavy” package utilized to stop the run by now taking snaps at stand-up linebacker. Lemmens led Florida with eight tackles against Alabama.
» Senior punter Chas Henry…who is the end-all be-all of Florida’s kicking game now that he has taken over for junior Caleb Sturgis (back) as the team’s field goal kicker. Henry had one of the best outings of his career last week, averaging 62.3 yards on three punts (career-long of 75) and kicking two field goals, the Gators’ only points.

» LSU running back Stevan Ridley…who leads the SEC in rushing with 557 yards (111.4 per game). He has run for 100 yards or more three times this season including 123 last week against Tennessee and has a team-high four touchdowns on the year.
» The Tigers’ two quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee…who each have different specializations for LSU’s offense. Jefferson, a running threat who has taken the most snaps from center this year, has only completed 51.7 percent of his passes (46-of-89) for 449 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions. He has also run the ball 47 times for 189 yards and two scores. Lee is the more accurate passer, completing 18-of-25 attempts (72 percent) for 206 yards and one interception on the season.
» Louisiana State’s Patrick Peterson…who is a starting CB but also an electric punt returner. Peterson has returned 17 punts for 283 yards and two touchdowns this season including a long of 87. He also helps out on kickoff returns, having brought back 9 for 254 yards with a long of 47.
» LSU kicker Josh Jasper…who has hit 83.3 percent of his field goals on the season. Jasper has not missed from inside the 40 and has a long of 51 yards on the season. He is 2-of-3 from 40-49 yards and 1-of-2 from 50+ yards out.

INJURIES and INACTIVES
Injuries
Probable – Redshirt junior QB John Brantley (ribs), junior RB Jeff Demps (foot), sophomore RB Mike Gillislee (ankle)
Out – Redshirt sophomore LT Matt Patchan, senior CB Moses Jenkins (elbow), redshirt senior DT Brandon Antwine (shoulder), freshmen WRs Quinton Dunbar and Chris Dunkley (hamstrings)

Inactives
(Will update closer to game time)

FLORIDA ON ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY

The Gators are set to be heavily featured in during ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. on ESPNU (hosted by Erin Andrews) and continuing from 10 a.m. until noon on ESPN. Even though the “World Wide Leader in Sports” did not choose to host the event in Gainesville on Saturday, Florida and LSU will be given a segment during the main program. OGGOA was unable to find out more on ESPN’s plans this week due to a technical glitch but will continue featuring this section.

Read OGGOA’s Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers preview after the jump!

No. 12/14 Florida Gators at No. 9/12 LSU Tigers Preview

The No. 12/14 Florida Gators (4-1, 2-1 SEC) hope to keep their two-game winning streak against their Western division rivals alive as they host the No. 9/12 LSU Tigers (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL, on Saturday night. Florida and LSU will clash for the 57th time as UF looks to win their 13th consecutive game in the friendly confines of The Swamp.

Winners of three of the last four BCS National Championships, these two teams each enter Saturday’s contest with a number of question marks. Can the Gators respond from a 31-6 trouncing by No. 1/1 Alabama last week? Are the Tigers as vulnerable as they appear after barely squeaking out a win against Tennessee at home seven days ago? Will either offense hit its stride and prove this match-up is more than simply two of the best defenses in the nation squaring off?

Florida’s potential rebound must include a solid performance from redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley, who threw two interceptions last week and has only six touchdowns with three picks on the season. The Gators also help that junior running back Jeff Demps is healthier and more explosive than he was last week when he rushed for a season-low 47 yards.

Brantley and Demps will be relying on a trio of playmakers to help them. Freshman QB Trey Burton may be given more responsibility behind center, and wide receivers redshicrt junior Deonte Thompson and redshirt senior Carl Moore look to continue making clutch catches. An astounding 18 of Thompson’s 21 receptions have moved the chains while Moore’s last eight catches have also been for first downs.

LSU will counter with four of its own offensive weapons including QBs Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, RB Stevan Ridley, and cornerback/punt returner Patrick Peterson. Jefferson and Lee will take turns running the offense for the Tigers with Jefferson primarily being a running threat and Lee standing in as the more accurate passer of the two. Ridley will help compliment the pair and attempt to run for 100 or more yards for the first time this season, while Peterson hopes to get his team good field position by attacking UF’s coverage unit.

Looking to stop LSU is Florida’s stout defense, which held Alabama’s Heisman Trophy-winning RB Mark Ingram to 47 yards on 12 carries last week. The Gators will be facing the SEC’s top-ranked rusher for the third straight week and hopes to plug the rushing lanes by utilizing a “heavy” package featuring senior defensive end Duke Lemmens playing some linebacker. Florida’s defense continues to lead the nation with 12 interceptions including eight by the secondary, which is highlighted by senior safety Ahmad Black (three), redshirt junior CB Janoris Jenkins (two) and redshirt sophomore CB Jeremy Brown (three).

Like the Gators’ unit, the Tigers’ defense is stingy, allowing SEC lows in total (246.6) and rushing (79.0) yards per game. LSU ranks fifth in the nation in points against, only giving up 12.4 per game on average. In fact, since allowing North Carolina to score 24 points in the season opener, the Tigers have not let another team post more than two touchdowns against them in a single game. LSU also has six interceptions on the season.

Catch Florida’s sixth game of the season live on television on ESPN, online at ESPN3.com, via the radio or through OGGOA‘s live updates on Twitter.

21 Comments

  1. John S says:

    Watching the Bama/USC game really makes me nervous. The Bama secondary is bad, and Ark. and USC figured it out and we didn’t. I guess our offensive numbers are what they are, which is worse than most of college football. Addazio needs to stop calling plays scared and get his OL off the ground. Grow a pair or we go down at home tonight. Hopefully the defense can score or get a turnover for a short field. In Austin we trust, Go Gators.

  2. John S says:

    Oh my god, out coached by LSU. 5 wide with only 2 options is giving the defense 2 extra pass rushers. It’s the highest level of stupid.

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Well first half of the game tonight is showing the same results as the last. Offense and O-Line look like crap and the only reason why we have scored is because we were able to get 20 yards on the first TD and 20 on the second due to LSU mistakes. For all intents and purposes, we should be losing this game by 21 points if not for our defense.

    Someone should really get on the horn and tell Adazzio that trying to run the clock out with 3 minutes in the second quarter will not win the game. I’d also ask he stop running dive and option plays in our end zone Because of his eloquent play selection and offensive execution, we by inches avoid a safety only to give up 10 points.

    Just another great Saturday night watching the boys of ol Florida!

  4. david says:

    I think this is worse than 2007. At least then we had a great offense and special teams. Our defense was just young and you can imagine what was coming. This team is weak everywhere. To make matters worse, let me be the first to say that Coach Meyer looks completely UNINSPIRED!!! 2011 recruits are almost all 3 stars …. I’m not saying we need to win the national championship every year, but we need to have ONE unit we can be proud of. We haven’t even blocked a punt or returned a kick for a TD. Our O-line stinks. No pass rush. Just discouraging. I don’t understand how any recruits could think they wouldn’t have a possibility to play next year as freshmen. Also, is Mack Brown that bad that he can’t run the rock?

  5. david says:

    Spoke too soon!!!!

  6. Luke says:

    Let the meltdown begin…

  7. John S says:

    The Refs kept us in it and they took it away. We just saved Les Mile’s job. It looks like we wasted the entire offseason pretending that Tebow’s success was due to our system, not his ability. Welcome to reality offensive coaching staff, the SEC is grateful for your arrogance and stuberness.

    Throw out last year’s production from our probabilities tables. Tebow can’t hide your sissy play calling any longer. Actually game plan and look for mis-matches like everyone else and exploit them. Put as many young players in as possible, you officially wasted this season. 0-2 against good teams. Our stats are what they are. Rose colored glasses are off. 5 wide is stupid. Watch your own tape please.

  8. 305gator says:

    http://www.firesteveaddazio.com/

    play Debose. (the last couple plays were straight from Percys playbook and they looked good)
    find a RB. (mack brown)
    find a QB.
    pass the ball forwards not backwards or sideways.

    Defense is the only thing addazio cant ruin.

    Keep fighting thru the season and big game at home vs. spurrier. Its his best and at this rate likely shot.

  9. dlatham21 says:

    how stupid can our coaches be? les miles calls a timeout after lining up for a fg. i say to all of my friends. he if definitely faking this fg. do not go for the block here. i would run a base defense. what do we do? come out and try to block it and run right by the player that the pass is going to. our coaching has been horrible this whole season.

  10. Oscar says:

    Start looking forward to next season. Offense again sputters along. Defense couldn’t stop LSU. Play young players, start getting them experience for next season. Do whatever you want with Pouncey, at this point he can’t hurt his draft status anymore.

  11. John S says:

    243 net offensive yards at home cannot be ignored. Those are Vandy numbers (in a bad week). I haven’t watched Vandy, but our OL is the near worst in the SEC. We need to address that, I think Addazio has been watching “The Secret” too much.

  12. g8ter27 says:

    I will comment more tomorrow ater reading the latest post but this is getting out of hand. I won’t say much bc I am so mad I may offend, but we looked bad all around tonight. Brantley at times plays scared. Our O line is a bunch of seniors who have regressed in the ast two years and play soft. Our Defense is young, and our coaching (especially offense) is horrible. Our players have played less inspired this year, that is a direct result of the way they are coached. I agree with the posts on here, this season overall is a rebuilding year and maybe next year we won’t hear as much hype and trash talk about how good we are and how Brantley is the best qb to never play the game.

  13. dp says:

    Hey Adam…what are your thoughts. And please, no safe cookie cutter answer.

    • dp- I was at a wedding and haven’t been able to watch the game in full yet. But from what I did see the play calling was awful and UF got lucky on a few occasions. However the game was lost by coaching and defense. Letting LSU put up 33 on you is ridiculous. Especially to come down and score like that in the end.

  14. Will says:

    I love Urban Meyer and what he has done for our program, but he did not look anywhere near the same on those sidelines as in the past. He does not seem to have the same fire. I know he loved Tebow, but he needs to work with what we have, there will never be another Tebow. Les Miles owns Meyer sadly enough. How can you not know he was going to fake it? Let him kick it as long as they don’t convert. The offensive line that was supposed to be one of the best in the SEC looks like absolute dung. I don’t care if they are a little banged up, that was horrible. Miamo (OH) O-line played better against us that we did last night and against Bama. I don’t see how we get past South Carolina playing like this. Every unit we had looked pathetic, with Debose being the only bright spot.

  15. Mr2Bits says:

    My night was made when Adazzio was booed. Wonder what lies he will tell to everyone this week to make it look like we played well and his play calling was stellar. I laughed when I saw 3 minutes left in the half and I knew he had no stones to try and drive down for a field goal. Sure enough, he didn’t disappoint and ran some dive plays, an option and a swing pass all of which really worked well all night seeing as how we totaled 65 yards of offense in the first half.

    I have come to the conclusion that we do not practice at all during the week. Our offensive line plays soft and undisciplined as they cost us a TD with their holding and false starts.

    Face it gents(and ladies), we should have lost that game by 21+ points last night. The refs and LSU kept us in that game. I said last week we would be lucky to be a 2-3 loss team. I’m revising that and will say we will be lucky to not lose 5 games this year. I just pray we do not lose to FSU and I will be happy this year.

  16. Mr2Bits says:

    Adam : Just a side note about our offense, Florida is now ranked 96th nationally in total offense. 96th. Let that sink in for a while.

    I’d advise you not watch unless you want to ruin your Sunday. It was filled with penalties, bubble screens, dive plays on first practically every possession and 2 yard swing passes to the flat on 3rd and 6+. 3 Minutes left before half and LSU was calling timeouts because they knew we would not try and drive the field and try to “run out the clock”.

    Not to mention our defense made them look like an offensive machine which we know they were far from all year.

  17. Escambia94 says:

    Waste of talent. All these great players, and we have subpar coaching to guide them. How do we plan on recruiting anything but 3-stars and passed-over 4-stars for upcoming years if we are dismantling our own team with mediocrity. Losing is part of the game, but getting embarrassed is not. Not two weeks in a row.

  18. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Adam – get real and admit the offense has SERIOUS problems that are not the fault of our defense failing to hold lsu!@!!
    Why the H we would even CALL a stupid a__ play that is a 3 yard pass route is beyonf comprehension. Maybe JB should have gone to Texas – they would have let him throw the ball there and he would probably be winning games for them.

    • Gatorgrad- for the SECOND time, I haven’t watched the entire game yet. So perhaps you “get real” and stop criticizing me for something I haven’t said. Take out your frustrations on someone else. Hah.

      You should reread my last comment where I said the playcalling was awful. Even if UF didn’t score, allowing 31 and 33 points in back to back weeks is terrible and just as concerning.

  19. Luke says:

    What really hurt was reading in the rules manual that the lateral pass was incomplete and a dead ball (page 104: http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/FR09.pdf). Meyer was right to have the play reviewed because the ruling on the field was wrong. He was wrong not to go all out on the prevent, but if the rule was followed, we would all have to admit that the last scoring drive complete with a flawless (and creative, I might add) execution of the final 4 plays and 2-point conversion was outstanding. Yeah, I hates the dive plays, but it worked on the last drive.

    One thing I can’t get over is why we go to Moody on first instead of Carl Moore? He’s been a beast but isn’t getting targeted like he seems to deserve.

Top