Last year the Florida Gators felt like they should have beat LSU in Tiger Stadium. Although LSU won the game 28-24, the Gators lead the first three quarters. It appeared the Florida Gators were going to come away with a victory but in the fourth quarter LSU scored two unanswered touchdowns in what would be a just another come back victory for the Tigers in 2007.
This year Florida wants revenge and they are looking for a big win to make up for the loss handed to them by Ole Miss earlier this year. Both teams have something to prove but Florida has a little bit more on the line. Add in the comments made this week by LSU’s defensive tackle, Ricky Jean-Francois and this will be a game filled with emotion.
If you enjoy reading articles that break down the teams and the game, you are reading the wrong article. I am not going to sit here and tell you that Florida will not be able to rush more than x amount of yards on LSU’s defense and that LSU’s offense will have trouble passing the ball because it will be difficult for an inexperienced quarterback to go into the swamp and have a productive game. Forget everything you know about these teams and how they preformed in every game so far this year. All of that does not mean anything because the emotion in this game will be the factor in determining who will win this game.
On paper, it is easy to assume LSU will be able to control the game with their running game and depend on their defense to stop the Gators from being able to drive the ball. The offense is centered around Tim Tebow and LSU will be prepared. In reality, the question will be whether or not LSU’s defense can prevent Florida from making big plays. Florida will not be able to consistently drive the ball, but Tim Tebow has the ability to create big plays that will give the Gators momentum. Also, they will have to beat LSU in the air. If LSU has a weakness on defense it is their secondary and I expect Florida to take advantage but at the same time Les Miles does an excellent job at game preparation.
The game will be won on big plays and although I do not want to give a prediction just yet but I think the game will be more lopsided than people expect. If the game comes down to coaching, LSU will win. Urban Myer is not as good as advertised and Les Miles is Les Miles, the guy will have his team ready. If it comes down to talent, it would be a push because both teams do not lack in the talent department. Check back Friday and I will give my prediction.