Gameday: No. 17 Florida Gators at No. 10 LSU

By Adam Silverstein
October 12, 2013

Location: Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA [Capacity: 92,542]
Weather: 85°F (feels like 88°F), mostly cloudy, winds SSW at 5 mph
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT

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No. 17/17 FLORIDA GATORS No. 11/10 LSU TIGERS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Les Miles
Record: 4-1 (3-0 SEC) Record: 5-1 (2-1 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida +7.5 | O/U: 49

KEEP UP WITH THE GATORS

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Story: WR Solomon Patton: from “jet sweep guy” to game-breaking receiver | Notebook: Will Muschamp previews LSU | Notebook: Brent Pease talks RB Kelvin Taylor, quarterbacks and LSU | Notebook: Muschamp, Les Miles and Steve Spurrier talk Florida-LSU on the SEC teleconference | Story: DT Darious Cummings doing his part to replace the irreplaceable | Story: LB Ronald Powell has payback on his mind for LSU Notebook: Florida prepares for LSU

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida leads the all-time series against LSU 31-25-3 and holds a 24-16-2 mark since the teams began playing annually in 1971. The Gators even hold a 16-14 edge on the Tigers in Baton Rouge but are just 1-3 in Tiger Stadium since Miles took over the LSU program. The two teams have been evenly matched as of late with each program winning five of the last 10 games in the series.
» Florida is 15-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards (7-9 when rushing for fewer than 150 yards). The Gators are also 18-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 14-3 when scoring first (8-6 when an opponent scores first) and 18-1 when leading at the half (4-8 when tied or trailing at the break).
» UF’s top-ranked defense and LSU’s top-ranked offense will provide one of the best match-ups of the season. The Gators are fourth nationally in scoring defense (12.2 points per game) while the Tigers are ninth nationally in scoring offense (45.5 points per game). UF is ranked third in third down conversion defense (.230), while LSU is third in third down conversion offense (.583). Florida is second in the country in passing efficiency defense (81.17), but its hosts are fourth in passing efficiency (190.14). The Gators are also fifth nationally in fewest passing yards allowed (152.0 per game) while the Tigers are sixth in passing yards per completion (16.19).
» Florida also ranks first nationally in time of possession (37 minutes per game); second in total defense (217 yards per game), rushing defense (65.0 yards) and first downs defense (63); fourth in kickoff return defense (15.93 yards), and ninth in completion percentage (.704)
» LSU is ranked fifth in fewest interceptions thrown (2) and seventh in punt return defense 1.0 yards).
» UF has forced at least one turnover in 16-straight games.
» The Gators have forced the most interceptions among SEC teams this century (359).
» Florida has registered a nation-leading 104 interceptions since 2008. UF is also first in interceptions returned for touchdowns (17) and interception return yards (1,830).
» UF had scored a rushing and passing touchdown in each of its first four games in 2013 before failing to do so last week at Arkansas. The Gators did, however, register three passing touchdowns in the game.
» Florida has gained more than 400 yards of offense in three of five games; UF had the same number of 400+ yard games in 13 contests in 2012.
» On the other hand, the Gators have not allowed a single opponent to gain more than 275 yards of total offense in a game this season.
» LSU has topped 400 yards and 30 points in each of its first six games for the first time in program history.
» Florida has only yielded nine red zone trips through five games. In those appearances, opponents began two of those drives already in the red zone. Opponents have only found the end zone four times.
» Muschamp was a former defensive coordinator at LSU (2001-04) and member of the Tigers’ 2003 national title-winning team. LSU is honoring that team at halftime of Saturday’s game.

Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!

LAST TIME OUT

The Gators had put together an impressive start to the 2012 season, winning four-straight games before hosting the No. 4-ranked Tigers in what wound up being as physical a game as Florida played all season long.

Despite trailing 6-0 after the first half, the Gators grinded out a 14-6 victory on the back of two 12-yard touchdown runs by Mike Gillislee, one in the third quarter and one in the fourth. Gillislee piled up a career-high 146 yards on a career-high 34 carries as Florida’s defense clamped down on LSU in a major way.

The Tigers were limited to just 1-of-13 on third down and only accumulated 42 rushing yards on the evening. UF out-possessed LSU 37:24-22:36 and held the ball for more than 20 minutes in the second half alone.

INJURIES AND ABSENCES*

» Probable (2): Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee), freshman linebacker Jarrad Davis (facial laceration)
» Injured (10): Freshman LB Alex Anzalone (ankle), redshirt freshman tight end Colin Thompson (foot), junior quarterback Jeff Driskel (leg – season), senior defensive end Dominique Easley (ACL – season), redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose (ACL – season), redshirt junior RT Chaz Green (labrum – season), freshman CB Nick Washington (shoulder – season), freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL – season), freshman safety Marcell Harris (knee), freshman defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (ACL)

* As of Friday at 11:00 p.m.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida
After taking care of business through their first three SEC games, the Gators face a big-time test in a Tigers team ranked 10th nationally and boasting one of the best offenses in the country. All of Florida’s goals are still in front of it, but a loss to LSU could change that in a flash. The Tigers are one of four top 25-ranked opponents the Gators will face in the next five games, none of which are being played in the friendly confines of The Swamp. For Florida to go through that murderer’s row perfect is a lot to ask, but UF needs every single victory it can muster as dropping more than one game over that stretch would be disastrous. Can the Gators’ survive Death Valley and remain undefeated in SEC play?

LSU
The Tigers have been scoring in bunches all season long, posting at least 35 points in every single game. In LSU’s sole loss, it still put up 41 points but was simple outmatched by a Georgia team that threw for a game-winning touchdown with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter. Already 2-1 in SEC play – with Alabama and Texas A&M remaining on their schedule – the Tigers can ill afford to drop another game. A second loss might be a season-ender. As if that is not enough, LSU is also honoring on Saturday the 2003 national championship team, the same squad that dropped its only game that season to Florida and featured Muschamp as a defensive coordinator. Can the Tigers torch the Gators’ defense like they have every other team this season?

3 Comments

  1. Aaron says:

    Lord forbid we win the game by throwing the ball.

  2. joe says:

    looks like we left the oline back in gville

  3. Basshole says:

    Our OL got absolutely blown up. I feel for Murphy, he got drilled almost every play. Tough loss but we still control our destiny and the SEC east is looking very beatable

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