3. Florida 27, LSU 19
It took all year long for the big mistake, and Joe Burrow finally made it.
The Ohio State transfer has been fine for LSU, but he hasn’t been accurate, and he’s been a true game manager more than a playmaker. On the plus side, he hadn’t thrown a pick … and then he threw the one he couldn’t give up.
Florida’s Feleipe Franks threw an interception, and it changed the way the Florida offense worked. Everything got a little more conservative, and Franks played like he didn’t quite want to turn it loose.
Meanwhile, Burrow was just fine. He was keeping the offense alive in a defensive slugfest, but … one pick six from Brad Stewart later, and Florida’s defense outdefensed LSU’s.
It’s not like the offenses were shut down cold. Florida ran for 213 yards – but the 11 penalties were a problem.
LSU was balanced, but it couldn’t hit the third down tries, and it couldn’t take advantage of every opportunity. But LSU proved once again that it really is fantastic, the defense really is good, and Burrow actually is strong enough. He had to press against one of the nation’s best secondaries, and …
He stared down his receiver, and the only thing that couldn’t happen, did.
Now, Dan Mullen and Florida are back on track, looking and playing like a nasty enough team to potentially give Georgia a problem and be a factor in the East. At least, they look that way defensively.
LSU is still amazing. It’s playing a brutal schedule without the superstar skill guys, and it’s hanging in tight game after tight game.
And Burrow should end up being the reason the team wins.