Today, LSU saw its first true home test as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation was set to meet one of its longest rivals in No. 17 Florida.
If only the Gators showed up.
The Tigers dominated Florida from the beginning, never looking back as they embarrassed the Gators 41-11 while improving to a 6-0 record. Easily the safest LSU victory over the Gators in years, the Tigers saw every facet of their offense, defense and special teams working in harmony over an outmatched and short-handed Florida squad.
From the get-go, the Gators were stopped on two consecutive three-and-outs, followed by two consecutive Tiger touchdowns, the first on senior QB Jarrett Lee's very first pass in this game.
Led by first-time head coach and former LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, Florida was forced to start third-string QB Jacoby Brissett, who had never previously played in a college game. They sent a rookie QB into Death Valley for his very first taste of SEC football against the top-ranked team in the country.
For the purposes of this report card, as they say, the rest was academic.