First Look: LSU vs. Florida

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LSU meets Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Here is a first look at the LSU-Florida matchup.

LSU Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 2 Miami [Arlington] W 33-17
Sept. 8 Southeastern Louisiana W 31-0
Sept. 15 at Auburn W 22-21
Sept. 22 Louisiana Tech W 38-21
Sept. 29 Ole Miss W 45-16

Florida Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 Charleston Southern W 53-6
Sept. 8 Kentucky L 27-16
Sept. 15 Colorado State W 48-10
Sept. 22 at Tennessee W 47-21
Sept. 29 at Mississippi State W 13-6

Stat Comparison

LSU Stat Florida
33.8 Points 35.4
15.0 Points Allowed 14.0
396.6 Total YDS 378.2
204.6 Pass YDS 203.4
192.0 Rush YDS 174.8
333.8 Total YDS Allowed 311.0
230.8 Pass YDS Allowed 140.0
103.0 Rush YDS Allowed 171.0
.413 3rd down conv % .364
1.40 Turnover margin 1.80
4 & Massey Composite 21

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

LSU Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
10/01/18 C Lloyd Cushenberry III Ankle is "?" Saturday vs Florida
10/01/18 OL Saahdiq Charles Undisclosed is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Florida
09/30/18 S Ed Paris Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Florida
09/30/18 LB Rahssan Thornton Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Florida
09/30/18 TE Thaddeus Moss Leg is "?" Saturday vs Florida
09/25/18 G Garrett Brumfield Knee is out indefinitely
09/04/18 LB K'Lavon Chaisson Leg is out for season
08/18/18 WR Drake Davis Legal problems is out indefinitely
08/08/18 LB Tyler Taylor Suspension is out indefinitely
08/04/18 OL Ed Ingram Suspension is out indefinitely

Florida Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
09/30/18 WR Jacob Copeland Knee is "?" Saturday vs LSU
09/30/18 DB Shawn Davis Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs LSU
09/17/18 RB Malik Davis Foot is out indefinitely
09/09/18 RB Adarius Lemons Transferred is out for season
09/09/18 DB Marco Wilson ACL is out for season
08/16/18 DB Quincy Lenton Achilles is out for season

Source: DonBest.com

Challenges for LSU

LSU and Florida both have very healthy turnover ratios. The team that loses the turnover battle in this game likely loses the game as well. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is a hostile environment, just like Death Valley. LSU must duplicate their recipe for success in earlier wins over Miami in Arlington and at Auburn.

Challenges for Florida

This game is going to be a matchup between a proven successful head coach in Dan Mullen and Ed Orgeron, who has done well of late but many still question his fitness as a head coach due to his stint at Ole Miss. LSU has a very good defense, allowing only 14 points a contest on average. The last time the Gators played a team with a strong defense (Kentucky), they lost.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2:30 pm CT (3:30 ET) and can be seen on CBS.

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