Florida Football 3 Keys: LSU

Florida football Three key

The Florida Gators look to move to 5-2 on the season as they travel to Baton Rouge to take on a 3-3 LSU Tigers’ team with coaching question marks.

By Steve Wright

1 – Run to win

This one is pretty simple. If Florida can run the ball the Gators will win. LSU’s 3-3 record is balanced out by its rush defense. When the Tigers allow 115 yards or less on the ground they are 3-0. When they allow over that number they are 0-3. Kentucky just ripped them for 330 yards on the ground and the Gators come in averaging 273 yards on the ground – a stat that puts them behind only triple-option offenses Army and Air Force in the category. If Florida runs the ball it wins.

2 – Stop Max Johnson

Max Johnson threw for 435 yards against Florida last year as LSU won a crazy back and forth battle 53-48. Johnson has been shorn of a couple of weapons – the loss of star wide receiver Kayshon Boutte for the year is massive – but Johnson is an accurate enough passer to get his yards and get hot. The defense needs to do its part and get pressure up front – especially in the red zone – forcing field goals instead of touchdowns. The offense can help here too by controlling the clock and the tempo.

3 – Keep Emory Jones moving

Florida is at its best when Jones is either feeding the running game, being the running game or passing on rollouts. The offense looks awful – and slows to a halt – when Jones is kept inside the pocket. Part of this is on the coaching staff calling the right plays, while part of it is on the offensive tackles winning their battles and stopping the edge rushers from closing off where Jones wants to go. Winning in the trenches will be huge on Saturday.

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