Louisiana Lafayette vs. Florida: Complete Game Preview
The Florida Gators (8-1, 7-1) will host the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (5-3, 3-2) this weekend.
Florida is coming off of eight straight conference games and did not play particularly well in their past two contests. The grind that is the SEC conference schedule definitely took a toll on the Gators and they should enjoy the next two weeks as a time to heal up and get their offense back on track.
On paper, Louisiana Lafayette could match up well against the Gators. The Ragin' Cajuns have done a good job against the run this season and are one of the worst pass defenses in the country. We all know the problems Florida has had passing the ball this season.
Florida comes into the game as a 26.5 point favorite according to Sportsbook.com but anything can happen on any given Saturday.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know about this Saturday's matchup.
Who: Louisiana Lafayette vs. Florida
When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 12:21 p.m. EST
Where: Gainesville, Fla.
Stadium: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)
TV: SEC Network
Radio: WRUF 850 AM (Gainesville), KPEL 1420 AM (Lafayette)
Internet Stream: WatchESPN
Depth Chart for Louisiana Lafayette
QB: Terrance Broadway, Brady Thomas
RB: Alonzo Harris, Effrem Reed
WR (X): Javone Lawson, Jamal Robinson
WR (Y): Darryl Surgent, James Butler
WR: (H): Harry Peoples, Bradley Brown
TE: Ian Thompson, Larry Pettis
LT: Leonardo Bates, Jarad Martin
LG: Mykhael Quave, Daniel Lemelle
C: Andre Huval, Terry Johnson
RG: Daniel Quave, Greg Siener
RT: Jaron Odom, Octravian Anderson
DE: Cordian Hagans, Emeka Onyenekwu
DT: Christian Ringo, Darrell Green
NT: Justin Hamilton, Brandon McCray
Bandit: Dominique Tovell, Trae Johnson
Rover: Le'Marcus Gibson, Boris Anyma
Sam LB: Jake Molbert, Trae Johnson
Will LB: Justin Anderson, Qyendarius, Griffin
CB: Melvin White, Jevante Watson
CB: Jemarlous Moten, Sean Thomas
FS: Rodney Gillis, Al-Damien Riles
SS: Darius Barksdale, Trevence Patt
K: Brett Baer, Carlos Alvarez
P: Brett Baer
KR: Darryl Surgent, Montrel Carter
PR: Darryl Surgent, Javone Lawson
Depth Chart for Florida
QB: Jeff Driskel, Jacoby Brissett
RB: Mike Gillislee, Matt Jones
FB: Hunter Joyer, Trey Burton
F: Trey Burton, Omarius Hines
TE: Jordan Reed, Clay Burton
WR (X): Frankie Hammond Jr., Latroy Pittman
WR (Z): Quinton Dunbar, Raphael Andrades
LT: Xavier Nixon, DJ. Humphries
LG: James Wilson, Ian Silberman
C: Jon Harrison, Sam Robey
RG: Jon Halapio, Jessamen Dunker
RT: Chaz Green, Kyle Koehne
DE: Dominique Easley, Jonathan Bullard
DT: Sharrif Floyd, Damien Jacobs
NG: Omar Hunter, Leon Orr
Buck: Lerentee McCray, Dante Fowler Jr.
Sam LB: Neiron Ball, Darrin Kitchens
Mike LB: Jon Bostic, Michael Taylor
Will LB: Jelani Jenkins, Antonio Morrison
CB: Marcus Roberson, Jermey Brown
CB: Loucheiz Purifoy, Jaylen Watkins
SS: Matt Elam, De'Ante Saunders
FS: Josh Evans, Jabari Gorman
K: Caleb Sturgis, Brad Phillips
P: Kyle Christy, Todd Fennell
KR: Omarius Hines, De'Ante Saunders
PR: De'Ante Saunders, Marcus Roberson
What Happened to the Ragin' Cajuns Last Week
Following two tough losses, the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns were able to get back on track with a definitive win over Louisiana Monroe.
Sophomore quarterback, Terrance Broadway, had his best passing day of the season completing over 71 percent of his pass attempts for 373 yards and four touchdowns. Broadway added 14 rushing attempts for 87 yards and another score.
The 81 plays and 607 yards gained on offense were both season highs for Louisiana Lafayette.
What Happened to the Gators Last Week
Despite struggling on offense, the Florida Gators' defense was able to hold the University of Missouri scoreless in the second half.
The Gators came out trying to be more balanced on offense, running the ball 15 times to 16 pass attempts in the first half. In the second half they reverted back to what has worked for them this season and ended up running the ball 17 times to just seven pass attempts.
Florida's inability to get pass protection and under-performance from their wide receivers have been a problem all season and the past two games have really shown Florida's deficiencies in this area. Without a threat of a vertical passing attack defenses have been able to key in on stopping the run and have forced Florida to pass to win the game.
What It Means for Both Teams
The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are coming into this game off of their best offensive output of the season. The problem is that they have not faced a defense as big, strong or as fast as the Florida Gators' defense.
Louisiana Lafayette likes to spread the field out and throw the ball but the Gators have the speed and a deep enough secondary to be able to cover the Cajuns play makers.
Florida comes into the game with the No. 118 passing offense in the country and Louisiana Lafayette comes in with the No. 118 passing defense. Something's gotta give.
Key Player for the Ragin' Cajuns
The sophomore quarterback is a true dual threat. Broadway has thrown for 1,624 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions while running for 320 yards and five touchdowns.
The Louisiana Lafayette Cajuns' offense is very balanced with 282 rush attempts to 258 passing attempts and they like to stretch the field with three wide receivers and a tight end. It is Broadway's job to distribute the ball to his play makers while making plays of his own with both his arms and legs.
Broadway will need to have a career game for his team to come away from this game with an upset.
Key Player for the Gators
As mentioned before, the Florida Gators bring in the No. 118 pass offense in the country to face the No. 118 pass defense. Something's gotta give.
The Gators tried to be more balanced on offense a week ago but had trouble moving the ball while doing so. Florida will continue to pass the ball in the coming weeks to try and get some rhythm and confidence in the passing game.
That puts the pressure on Jeff Driskel to make more plays with his arm and show that he can be a quarterback that can throw the ball if his team needs him to do so to win the game. He has yet to do so (the game against South Carolina doesn't count) this season and this is by far the worst passing defense he will face this season. If he can't do it this week, there should be serious questions moving forward.
The Ragin' Cajuns Will Win If...
They stop the run, win the turnover battle and get lucky.
Make no mistake about it, this is a game that the Florida Gators should win handily but crazier things have happened than a Gators loss in this game.
The Louisiana Lafayette Cajuns have the No. 40 rush defense in the country, allowing just 138.63 yards a game and if they can follow the blueprint of the Gators' past four opponents and stop the run it will put pressure on Jeff Driskel and the offense to pass the football.
The Cajuns absolutely need to win the turnover battle to win the game. On top of winning the turnover battle, getting a lucky bounce or two will help them keep the game close and the longer they stick around the better their chance at winning will become.
The Gators Will Win If...
They run the ball, stop the Louisiana Lafayette Cajuns running attack and play up to their potential.
Coming off of eight straight conference games the Florida Gators could overlook their next two opponents and take two weeks off before Florida State week. That's not the kind of program that Will Muschamp has built and not the way he runs things.
If the Gators show up this week, run the football, mix in the pass and play defense like they have all season, they will win this game and the backups will be playing most of the second half.
The Louisiana Lafayette Cajuns have the nations No. 40 rushing defense, but the Florida Gators have been able to run on better defenses this year. The Cajuns defense should allow the Gators to throw the football more than they have and potentially get something going in their passing attack.
Florida is just too big, strong, fast and athletic for their opponent this week and this is a game that will feature the second string players for most of, if not all of, the second half.
Florida wins 35-3