LSU vs. Florida Game Preview

This game could end up having very serious ramifications for the SEC East.  An LSU win means that Tennessee controls its own destiny in terms of making the SEC Championship Game.  A Florida win locks up their spot in Atlanta.  This game was originally supposed to be played in Gainesville in early October but was moved because of Hurricane Matthew.  Now it’s one of the best games of the week.

 

Florida comes into this game with a record of 7-2 and is coming off a fairly dominant win over South Carolina last Saturday.  While their defense has been outstanding all season (giving up just 13 points per game and surrendering more than 20 just twice) their offense has been cause for concern.  A big reason for that is the inconsistency at quarterback with Luke del Rio and Austin Appleby both seeing significant playing time.  With del Rio out this week with an injury, Jim McElwain stated early in the week that Appleby would get the start against the Tigers.  It’s going to be a difficult challenge for Florida going up against a defense that is even better than theirs.  Both losses for the Gators have come on the road against ranked teams in SEC play.  Fans in Florida are hoping that this trend does not continue this week.

 

LSU comes into this game with a record of 6-3 and is somewhat surprisingly coming off a dominant win against Arkansas.  Leonard Fournette ran roughshod over the Hogs defense like he has to every other defense he’s faced this season (save for Alabama).  As mentioned earlier, LSU’s defense has been nothing short of outstanding.  1st year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is certainly earing every penny he’s being paid, as the Tigers are only giving up 12 points per game and have only given up more than 20 once all year (21 against Ole Miss).  With the exception of the Alabama game, the offense seems to finally have found its footing behind the arm of Danny Etling and the legs of Fournette.  But Florida’s defense is among the best in the conference so we could be in for another old-fashioned, knock down, slug fest.

 

Notes:

  1. Both QBs in this game (Austin Appleby and Danny Etling) are transfers from Purdue.
  2. Due to the game being moved from Gainesville this year, it will be two home games against Florida in a row for LSU. Florida will have the next two home games.
  3. LSU has won the last three meetings, the longest streak by either team since Florida won four straight meetings from 1998-2001.
  4. This is the first time LSU and Florida have played in other in the month of November.

 

When, Where

11/19/16

Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA

12:00pm CT

SEC Network

 

All-Time Series

Florida leads 31-28-3

 

Last Meeting

10/17/15

Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, LA

LSU 35

Florida 28

 

Current CFP Ranking

LSU: 16

Florida: 23

 

Next Games Up

LSU @ Texas A&M

Florida @ Florida State

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I was born in Las Vegas and moved to the Memphis area in 2005.I became a soccer referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. I write for two soccer websites: World Soccer Talk and Soccer Referee USA, in addition to writing several pieces for the Rogue Squadron (the supporters group for Memphis City FC).I did commentary in high school for football, basketball, baseball and soccer at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and did commentary for Lafayette High School football in Oxford, MS for two seasons.
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