The Florida Gators are riding a three-game win streak heading into Saturday’s showdown with LSU. The Tigers will be going into the Swamp coming off a shocking upset loss at home to Troy. What can the Gators due to avoid the same fate?
Here’s what we’ll be watching Saturday afternoon:
What can we expect from QB Feleipe Franks?
With Luke Del Rio now out, again, for the season, all eyes are once again on Franks. The Gators will still probably try to run a conservative offense. At some point, though he will have to be called upon to make a few big throws. However, without deep threat Tyrie Cleveland who will be out in the short term, it will be interesting to see how he fairs with downfield throws.
Stopping the run needs to be a priority for the Gators vs. the Tigers.
After last week’s embarrassment look for LSU to establish a downhill attack early and often. The Tigers top runner Derrius Guice missed the Troy game with a leg injury, but did return to practice this week. He would be a huge boost, if he can play effectively, even for a few plays. The Gators D-line has a lot of talented pass rushers, but to get into passing scenarios the run defense needs to be stout.
Managing emotions will be big for the Gators vs. LSU.
With this being the homecoming game excitement will be in the air. On top of that, it’s vs. a big program in LSU. To add more fuel to the fire these teams had their share of issues over the moving of the game to Baton Rouge last season. After finally coming to an agreement, the Gators prevailed stopping Guice on a walk-off goal-line stand.
It is also important for the Gators not to look past this Tigers team that still has plenty of talent despite last week’s let down. A chance at a 4-0 SEC start should be plenty of incentive to stay focused.