The LSU Tigers fell to a resurgent Florida Gators team in Gainesville Saturday afternoon. The Tiger defense looked strong, but has taken a step backward from last season’s dominant unit.
Probably the most surprising aspect of this game was Florida's success in the run game. In the second half, Will Muschamp and the Florida offense completely abandoned the passing game, and for good reason: They didn’t need it. Running back Mike Gillislee racked up 146 yards and both Gator touchdowns on 34 carries.
But the real problem with LSU is that it has absolutely no offense this season. Yes, the Tigers have piled on some points against the cupcakes. But against Auburn and Florida, LSU only managed 16 points combined.
Zach Mettenberger was supposed to come in and be the answer for LSU's passing game. But up to this point he’s been anything but. The Tigers are 100th in the nation in passing yards with only 195.7 per game.
Regardless of this loss to Florida, LSU would almost certainly have had to beat Alabama for a return trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game, which seems unlikely, to put it mildly. A trip to the BCS via an SEC championship seems out of the question for the 2012 Tigers.
And an at-large bid for LSU into the Sugar Bowl—again, assuming the SEC champs will play for a national title—seems a little far-fetched at this point. After its beat down of Georgia, expect South Carolina to come to Baton Rouge with soaring confidence and probably the favored team. LSU also faces potential losses against a very good Mississippi State team at home and on the road against Texas A&M.