If you had asked me last year how LSU's running game would fare this season, I have to admit, I was not too enthusiastic. After watching Jacob Hester mangle defensive lines all season, it was downright depressing realizing he was playing his final year for LSU.
That was last year—this is now.
Charles Scott must have absorbed some of that magic off of Hester, because he has been on nothing short of a rampage all season, with vision and durability that is reminiscent of Hester's style last year.
Currently he is averaging 7.5 yards per carry and almost 134 yards per game with six rushing touchdowns, and nothing appears ready to slow him down. Behind an offensive line anchored by Herman "The House" Johnson (6'7", 375 lbs.) and comparable to some NFL O-lines, one can't help but believe the sky is the limit for LSU's rushing production.
Scott's ability and vision, along with that line, also take some of the pressure off LSU quarterbacks to perform miracles (even though they still do) and expands Coach Les Miles' options on his offense.
Gator DE Jermaine Cunningham is the leader in Florida's defensive line and can make trouble for LSU's quarterback committee, but he will have to be on his "A" game and stay fresh in this contest to have any significant effect.
Only time will tell how effective the Florida Gators defensive line will be at stopping Scott (and Keiland Williams for that matter) this week. Their defensive line is very young and has three new starters from last year's team.
They will have their work cut out for them, and Coach Urban Meyer's challenge will be keeping them fresh and motivated—a daunting task indeed.
All told, the sparks will be flying in Gainesville Saturday night, and it will certainly be a game worth watching for any college football fan. LSU's success depends on their equally respectable defensive line shutting down QB Tim Tebow and the Gators' rushing game, and the O-line giving Charles Scott the open holes to continue his rushing rampage.