Check out the Florida vs. LSU fearless prediction and game preview.
Florida (7-2) vs. LSU (6-3) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19
Game Time: 1:00 pm
Venue: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Network: SEC Network
Of course the game was going to be rescheduled and played, but because it got all messed up during the dangers of Hurricane Matthew, it’s being played in Baton Rouge instead of Gainesville.
Florida could’ve used this game being at home.
Alabama might be the only team playing better than LSU right now, with the running game rolling and the defense dominating, allowing fewer than 20 points seven times this year and shutting down Arkansas, Missouri, Southern Miss, and for three quarters, Alabama.
Rocking and rolling at the right time, if the Tigers can get through the Gators this week and Texas A&M five days later, they’re going to be the odds-on favorite to get the SEC’s spot in the Sugar Bowl – assuming Alabama is in the College Football Playoff.
Florida can screw all of that up.
The Gators are in the SEC championship with a win, but a loss opens up the SEC East door again. The CFP is out of the equation, but no matter how the sausage has been made, it’s a successful season if Florida is playing for the SEC title for a second year in a row under Jim McElwain.
But this is one really, really banged up team.
Florida was able to get away with it against South Carolina last week, but the D has been crushed by injuries just when it has to deal with one of the nation’s most physical teams. The linebacking corps is a problem with Alex Anzalone out for the year and with leading tackler Jarrad Davis likely out, while the offensive side will once again be without QB Luke Del Rio and a few starters up front.
Brilliant last week, Austin Appleby completed 17-of-21 passes for 201 yards and two scores with a pick against the Gamecocks, but he might need to be even better this week to make up for the potential issues on D.
Can Florida handle the LSU running game? For a little while, yes, but Derrius Guice showed last week he could produce big things when Leonard Fournette is being keyed on, running for 252 yards and two scores. Expect more of the same.
The Tigers aren’t going to run like they did against the Hogs, but they’ll be strong enough with their 1-2 rushing punch to control the game early, while the Florida offense will stall over and over again.
For yet another week under Ed Orgeron, LSU will look the part.
Florida vs. LSU Prediction
LSU 23, Florida 13
LSU -13.5, o/u: 37.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Taco Bell Cinnabon Delights – 1: Chinese yuan … 3.5
Must See Rating: 5: Office Christmas Party – 1: Harry … 4