Florida Gators at LSU Tigers: Tebow? Don't Forget Brandon Spikes

James WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 10, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Brandon Spikes #51 of the Florida Gators reacts during the game against the Troy Trojans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

With all the talk about Tim Tebow's come-back from the concussion he suffered during the Kentucky game two weeks ago, the focus has not been on the leader of the Gator defense, Brandon Spikes.

Do remember that it was Spikes, who like Tebow, decided to come back for his senior year while most likely leaving millions of dollars on the NFL table to do so.  He did it to win another National Championship.

In fact, all 11 defensive starters from last year's National Championship team returned, and Spikes is the leader of that formidable squad.

LSU has scraped by the last two games against Mississippi State and Georgia.  Luck and home field will not be enough for LSU to defeat Florida.

LSU will have to move the ball against the Gator defense.  That is where the game will be decided.  Regardless of who starts at QB for Florida, the Gator offense will score.  If Brantley does start, look for Emmanuel Moody to take on a bigger role at RB.

Experience and speed are definitely on the side of the Gator defense.  LSU's offense has yet to experience what they will face tonight.  LSU's offensive line has already given up 13 sacks this season, and that number will increase tonight.

Also, LSU's running back tandem of Charles Scott and Keiland Williams will be the first focus for the Gator defense, and Spikes enjoys stopping the run.  Moreover, with five TDs this season combined, WRs Brandon LaFell and Terrance Tolliver will face a hard-hitting and speedy Florida secondary.  Don't forget that Spikes had an interception that he returned for a TD last season, too.

Yes, Baton Rouge will be rocking tonight, and it will be a tough environment for the Gators to be successful.  However, Brandon Spikes will lead the Gator defense to stop the LSU offense, which will allow the Gator offense to be on the field 30+ minutes. 

Final score: Florida 27 & LSU 14