Here’s why LSU should win:
The Tigers are No. 1 in the nation, they’re playing at home, they’re one of the fastest and most talented teams in college football and they present some serious matchup problems for a young Florida team.
The best thing in LSU’s favor is its fast, physical, suffocating defense, which many believe could be the best in college football in the past decade. The Gators scored only 17 points at home against Auburn, so there’s a good chance the Tigers can pitch a shutout tonight. The Tigers are going to jump all over Tim Tebow when he tries to run the ball and get in his face when he’s in the pocket.
On the other side of the ball, the Tigers have exactly what has caused the Florida defense problems all season: a quarterback who can pick apart a defense if he has time. Plus, this is the most balanced attack the Gators have seen because of the running ability of tailbacks Keiland Williams and Jacob Hester and quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who has a package of plays he
runs every game. The word in Baton Rouge is that Perrilloux is going to see his most extensive playing time of the season in this game.
Here’s how Florida will win:
Florida’s speed at wide receiver, with the return of Andre Caldwell, is going to be a difference-maker. LSU’s secondary and very good, very fast, but the Tigers have not seen a receiving corps this deep and this fast this season. Not even close. The wide receivers have a chance to have a big night, which would take all kinds of pressure off Tebow and the passing game.
Here’s another thing in UF’s favor: In last week’s loss to Auburn, the Gators saw what can happen when a team plays with purpose and passion on the road. The thought is UF learned a great deal about what it’s going to take to pull off a similar upset in Tiger Stadium.
This is a team that seems determined to move on after the defeat and show the rest of the nation it’s still a contender on the national stage.
The UF defense is going to give up a bunch of yards, but its also going to stall LSU in the red zone and come up with some turnovers that will change the game.
Prediction: Florida 19, LSU 17