College Gameday: Gators Take Trip from The Swamp to The Bayou

Ryan BlanchfieldAnalyst IOctober 1, 2007

IconThis week, Urban Meyer's one-loss Gators take a trip to Death Valley to face the undefeated LSU Tigers. 

It's the game of the week according to ESPN's College Gameday crew—who're yet again headed down to Baton Rouge.

#1 LSU Tigers: In the latest AP poll, the Tigers got 33 first place votes, one more than USC, thus controversially putting LSU in the one slot. 

LSU didn't have any answers for Tulane's high-pressure defense and intensity in the first half.  Fortunately for the Tiger faithful, LSU was able to outscore Tulane 24-0 in the second half and pull away to win 34-9. 

LSU will have to play a much more complete game Saturday if they want to surmount the Gators. 

QB Matt Flynn's stats are struggling, but his leadership is still evident. Backup Ryan Perriloux is rotated in every once in a while to keep Flynn fresh. 

LSU HB Jacob Hester has scored in every game except one (Midd. Tenn. St.).  Keiland Williams, Richard Murphy and Charles Scott can also take control of a game. 

LSU WR Brandon LaFell has been solid this year with almost 20 receptions and seems to have a thing for big games.  LSU is hoping to return Early Doucet from a groin injury this week. Other notable recievers include Demetrius Byrd and Jared Mitchell. 

The Offensive Line looked god-awful against the Green Wave as Flynn got sacked over and over again.

The defense is the big reason that LSU is so tough to take down, and I don't see Florida scoring more than 14 points on the Tigers.

#9 Florida Gators: Florida's ranking dropped from #4 to #9 after losing to Auburn on a game-winning field goal. They had to kick twice thanks to an Urban Meyer timeout.

Despite the loss, Tim Tebow still had a solid game with a rushing and passing TD.  He also leads the team in rushing yards.  He's pretty much superman.

The only notable running back is Kestahn Moore—as the Gators' offense really doesn't involve many handoffs to the tailback.  Florida hasn't had a great runner since Emmitt Smith.

Florida has some pretty good receivers, led by Percy Harvin.  If Tebow's superman, then Harvin's Batman.  Other notable receivers are Cornelius Ingram, Louis Murphy, Jarred Fayson and Andre Caldwell (injured).

The defense lost 8 starters this year and it shows.  In their 3 SEC games, each opponent has scored at least 20 points.

Prediction: LSU's defense will overpower Florida's offense while Florida's defense will get overpowered by LSU's offense.  31-10 Tigers.