The No. 17 Florida Gators (4-1) will head to Tiger Stadium for an SEC showdown with No. 10 LSU (5-1) this weekend.
While both of these teams have one loss, LSU's defeat came in conference play. That leaves them at 2-1 and staring up at Alabama in the SEC West.
The Gators are undefeated in conference play, which ties them with Georgia atop the SEC East at 3-0. However, this is Florida's first game against one of the conference's powers.
When: Saturday, October 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.
Spread: LSU -7 according to Bovada
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Top Storyline: Who will win this battle of opposing strengths?
For my money, this is the most compelling college game of the week.
Florida enters this game second in the nation in yards allowed at 217 per game and fourth in scoring at 12.2.
Meanwhile, LSU has transformed into a program that is led by its offense. LSU has put up more than 35 points and 400 yards of offense in every game this year. Neither of those units has faced this stiff a test yet, though, and it will be interesting to see how they handle the challenge.
That said, this game will likely come down to the other matchup: Florida's offense versus LSU's defense. Whichever team does a better job of exposing the other's flaws will wind up on top.
Prediction: Florida 20, LSU 17
LSU's offense is rolling but it hasn't faced a defense like this. Florida will be able to pressure quarterback Zach Mettenberger and make it tough for the Tigers to move the ball.
It is always tough for Florida to move the ball, but the Gators will find some success against this poor LSU defense.
As they say, defense wins championships. It will also win this game.