The Florida Gators are set to walk into Death Valley knowing full well the LSU Tigers are on the hunt for a National Championship.
After losing to rivals Alabama a week ago, and losing their quarterback in the process, the Gators are wounded and would love nothing more than to hide in The Swamp.
The ever-difficult SEC schedule doesn't allow for that though, and they have the No. 1 team in the country hungrily awaiting their arrival.
LSU has been a downright scary football team so far this season, and this Week 6 matchup will only excite them even more.
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
When: Saturday, October 8th at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
Radio: Florida - GRN/GatorZone, Sirius:91. LSU - 98.1 FM
Betting Line: LSU -14
Florida's Injury Report:
John Brantley, QB: The senior signal caller is out for the game with an ankle sprain.
LSU's Injury Report:
Spencer Ware, RB: The sophomore is listed as questionable after leaving last week's win with a hamstring injury.
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
Any time a ranked SEC team takes the field against another SEC team, anything can happen. It doesn't matter what the rank is, SEC teams are out to hurt one another on a weekly basis.
The LSU Tigers have dreams of a National Championship, while Florida is now simply hoping to represent the SEC East in the conference championship game. It is still a distinct possibility considering their only loss came at the hands of another SEC West opponent, Alabama, but they don't want to drop two straight.
However, should they lose, there is still a chance they stay in the rankings. Back-to-back losses to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the land is hardly something to be upset about, even if you are Florida.
The Tigers, meanwhile, cannot afford a single loss if they want to reach their ultimate goal.
Key Storyline: Freshman QB in Death Valley
Whether it be Jeff Driskel (and it should be) or Jacoby Brisset, the Gators will be starting a freshman in place of senior John Brantley.
This is a distinct disadvantage for any team, but the fact it is happening against the nation's No. 1 team in Death Valley is a scary thought.
LSU has been so dominant on defense throughout this season that their offense gets almost no credit at all.
The Gators will have to trust Charlie Weis with knowing how to get the most out of a youngster making his first ever career start.
What They're Saying
Tony Barnhart, also known as Mr. CFB of CBS Sports, writes:
The SEC East winner is destined to replay the role of Miss Congeniality in 2011 because the league's Western Division is again significantly better. LSU and Alabama currently hold the top two spots in the AP poll with Arkansas (4-1) and Auburn (4-1) both in the top 15. LSU and Alabama, to be perfectly candid, are playing the game at a completely different level than everyone else in college football.
Florida, who was the SEC favorite prior to Brantley's injury, was just smoked by Alabama a week ago in The Swamp. If Alabama is playing at a level similar to LSU (which they are and then some) it is scary to think of what the Tigers will do to the Gators in Death Valley.
Florida Player to Watch: Jeff Driskel, QB
If Driskel doesn't start, which would be surprising, this shifts to Brisset. Driskel was one of the top recruits in the country and the No. 1 overall quarterback. His rare combination of size and athleticism made him a high-priority target for nearly every school.
He ran out of the spread formation in high school, and will have to tailor his game into Weis' more rigid pro-style attack.
That said, Weis is going to have to simplify things for him and hope that he can make a few plays with his instincts and athleticism alone.
Should the pocket break down (and it will) Driskel will be at his most dangerous. Unfortunately, the LSU defense is seasoned, talented and going to make things extremely difficult for him.
LSU Player to Watch: Morris Claiborne, CB
One of the reasons the defense is so good is because of players like Claiborne. He is no Patrick Peterson (nobody is), but he's a tremendously gifted cornerback in his own right.
He's dangerous with the ball in his hands, will make plays in the return game and continues to impress with his overall skills as a cover man.
If and when Driskel puts the ball in the air, he must be cautious of where Claiborne is at all times.
Key Matchup: LSU's defensive line vs. Florida's offensive line
The Gators are a dominant rushing attack that features a number of talented players carrying the ball. They average over 210 yards rushing per game and put up 415 total yards per game overall.
The LSU front seven, however, gives up only 60 yards per game on the ground.
If Florida has any chance of winning this ball game, they'll have to find a way to create holes in a nearly impenetrable line.
Prediction: LSU 27, Florida 13
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!