LSU players have done some talking this week, saying how much they dislike the Gators and can’t wait to get them in their house Saturday night. They’re definitely a confident bunch. Maybe, though, they should be on upset alert.
Yes, the 13.5-point underdog Gators are capable of taking down the Tigers in Death Valley. They did it the last time they were there, in 2016. As the Head Ball Coach would say, the Gators have got a chance Saturday night.
I know that LSU has been putting up some ridiculous offensive numbers against everybody they’ve played. But who have they played? The Tigers have not faced an elite defense this season, and that’s what the Gators have — an elite defense. At least that’s what we all saw last Saturday. If the Gators can generate pressure on quarterback Joe Burrow with a four-man rush (something they were able to do in the win over Auburn), then those wide-open windows he’s been throwing into all season are going to shrink considerably.
Offensively, the Gators must take care of the football. If they lose four fumbles in this game like they did a week ago, it’s going to get really ugly and the Tigers will run away with it.
Just like a week ago, the Gators would like to make this a low-scoring game. UF was capable of doing that against Auburn and a true freshman quarterback. LSU is a whole different offensive beast with the way Burrow and his receivers can consistently make plays.
Playing at home, the Tigers are going to sustain drives and score points. The big question is whether Florida’s offense will be able to keep up.
The Gators are capable, they’ve got a chance, but. …
Prediction: LSU 35, Florida 28.