(17) Florida Gators vs. (10) LSU Tigers
3:30 PM ET, October 12, 2013
Tiger Stadium, BATON ROUGE, LA
Tiger Stadium is also known as death valley and the Tigers seem to fly when they play in front of their home crowd, two of the best defenses will be on display during this game but it will be the better clock manager that will take the game here, Florida is as patient as they come, the move the ball well through the air as well as the ground but seem to take their time doing it while the Tigers have a little more of a hurry offensive style, moving the ball and going no huddle a few times to catch the defense in a bad spot.
The Florida Gators have seen some issues since losing their head coach three years ago; they have fallen off the top rankings and seem to be rebuilding their program recently. QB Tyler Murphy has shown he can be a leader but is missing a few of the big time receivers that once would have attended. Murphy has still completed 72.2% of his passes for 530 yards and 5 touchdowns, he has 1 pick on the season and a huge problem when it comes time to run, it’s just not something he can do comfortably.
LSU will look to have their defense dictate to tempo of the game as their offense moves off their defense, look for the tigers to play more zone coverage and make Murphy throw the ball over the middle, both Tiger safeties have the ability to pick balls off right and left and that’s what they are going to look for. Tiger’s running back is the head of this offense; he has carried the ball 779 times for 593 yards and 9 trips to the end zone so expect him to really move the team forward.
What to Expect:
The Tigers are favored by a touchdown in this game and I think that with the way their defense has been playing they will cover, I expect LSU’s defense to pull in at the very least 2 turnovers, pushing their offense to respond with points on the board. Florida will look to pass the ball out to the corners to avoid the inside man but I don’t think they will have enough time to get what they want done.