The Program: Do the Gators Have Enough Firepower to Beat LSU's Defense?

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterOctober 3, 2012

Florida, a team that finds itself in the AP Top 10, plays host to LSU, a team that started out as the coaches' No. 1 team in the nation. The Bayou Bengals have slowly dropped down in both the AP and Coaches' Polls, but this game has raised in intensity, as the Gators look better than many people expected in 2012. 

LSU has struggled to throw the football, something that many folks expected to improve with the insertion of Zach Mettenberger into the offense this season. The issues in the Tigers passing game come from a multitude of directions, as receivers, the quarterback and the offensive line have combined to leave much to be desired. We'll have to see if Florida's defense can take advantage of this element of the LSU squad.

On the other side of things, the LSU defense has been stout, as expected, and now they face a very one-dimensional Florida Gators football team. Job one will be stopping the run, and we'll find out just how legit Florida's use of Mike Gillislee and the entire running game is against an LSU defensive front that is  full of beasts.

This is a game that is going to likely be a knockdown, drag-out slugfest as both teams look to out-muscle their opponent. In this episode of The Program, we ask the question: Does Florida have firepower to beat the LSU Tigers?