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Friday, October 09, 2009

LSU-FLA. CAPSULE: Tigers to beat Gators 17-13

KICKOFF: 7 p.m.
SITE: Tiger Stadium (92,400), Baton Rouge
WEATHER: There is a 60 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the high 60s.
RECORDS: LSU is 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is 4-0, 2-0 in the SEC.
SEASON SO FAR: LSU: W at Washington, 31-23; W Vanderbilt, 23-9; W Louisiana-Lafayette, 31-3; W at Mississippi State, 30-26; W at No. 18 Georgia 20-13.
FLORIDA: W Charleston Southern, 62-3; W Troy, 56-6; W Tennessee, 23-13; W at Kentucky, 41-7.
RANKINGS: LSU is No. 4 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 4 in the USA Today coaches' poll. Florida is No. 1 in both polls.
POINT SPREAD: Florida is an 8-point favorite.
INJURY REPORT: LSU - Starting right guard Lyle Hitt (mild concussion) is expected to start. Backup defensive end Chancey Aghayere, who missed the Georgia game last week, and backup defensive tackle Josh Downs, who played only briefly at Georgia, are each expected to play.
FLORIDA -Starting QB Tim Tebow (serious concussion) is questionable, and his status is not expected to be known until shortly before kickoff. Coach Urban Meyer wants to see how he will handle the flight to Baton Rouge today, which may be a first. Have you ever heard of a football player needing to pass a flight test? If there's a question about Tebow handling air travel, how can he handle Tiger Stadium? Starting OT Marcus Gilbert (bicep) is probable. Starting WR Deonte Thompson (hamstring) is probable. Backup CB Moses Jenkins (concussion) is not expected to play. Backup OT Matt Patchan (knee) is out for the season. Backup DT Brandon Antwine (shoulder) is questionable. Backup DT Lawrence Marsh (ankle) probable.
COACHES: LSU coach Les Miles is 75-32 (.700) through 107 games in his ninth season as a college coach and 47-11 (.810) in his fifth season at LSU. Florida coach Urban Meyer is 87-17 (.837) through 104 games in his ninth season as a college coach and 48-9 (.842) in his fifth season at Florida.
SERIES: Florida leads 29-23-3, including a 15-13 advantage in Tiger Stadium. ... LSU has won the last two in Tiger Stadium. ... Over the last eight games of the series, it is 4-4. ... The Gators lead the decade 5-4. ... Florida won 51-21 last season in Gainesville. ... LSU won a classic, 28-24, in Baton Rouge in 2007. ... Florida won 13 of 14 from 1988 through 2001 with the lone exception a 28-21 upset by LSU of the No. 1 Gators in 1997 in Tiger Stadium. ... LSU won five of six from 1977 through 1982.
NOTES: According to the Associated Press poll, this is the first top five pairing in Tiger Stadium since No. 1 LSU beat No. 3 Ole Miss 7-3 on Oct. 31, 1959, on Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return for a touchdown with 10 minutes to play in the game. ... That was the only previous top five pairing in Tiger Stadium. ... LSU is 26-3-2 as a top five team at home since the A.P. poll began in 1934 with the only losses to No. 13 Alabama, 22-10, in 1987, to No. 10 Tennessee, 30-27 in overtime, in 2005, and to Arkansas, 50-48 in overtime, in 2007. The ties were against Rice, 6-6, in 1962 and No. 7 Ohio State, 13-13, in 1987. ... LSU is 8-2 as a top five team at home under Miles. ... Meyer is 6-1 as Florida's coach against top five teams with the only loss to No. 1 LSU in 2007. ... Meyer is 2-4 at SEC West stadiums as Florida's coach. ... Meyer is 1-2 in Tiger Stadium with the lone win as an assistant at Colorado State, which beat LSU 17-14 in 1992. ... LSU and Florida meet as the last two national champions for the second straight year. The 2006 national champion Gators beat the 2007 national champion Tigers by a 51-21 score in 2008 on their way to the national title last season. ... The winner of this game has won the last three national titles - Florida in 2006 and 2008 and LSU in 2007. ... LSU is 2-8-1 all time against the No. 1 ranked team and 1-5-1 vs. No. 1 in Tiger Stadium. The only wins were over Florida in 1997 in Tiger Stadium and over Ohio State in the 2007 national championship game in New Orleans. ... LSU lost to No. 1 Alabama at home last season. ... The Gators as the No. 1 team are 2-1 against LSU with wins in 1994 and 1996 in Gainesville. ... Florida is 19-5 all time as the No. 1 team. ... LSU has won 32 straight Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium. ... LSU has won 32 straight Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium. ... Crowley's Tommy Casanova, LSU's only three-time, first team All-American in 1969-71 at cornerback, will have his No. 37 jersey retired at tonight's game.
NEXT WEEK: LSU is open before hosting Auburn on Oct. 24. Florida hosts Arkansas.
GAME PREDICTION: Tim Tebow dresses out but does not play, and a distracted Florida team misses him as Patrick Peterson and Brandon Taylor each intercept passes from John Brantley to set up a score and stop a score. LSU wins hard-nosed battle, 17-13.
LAST WEEK: The following was last week's prediction: "LSU finally plays a complete game with a little zest as well, edging the Bulldogs 20-17 on a last-minute touchdown drive engineered by quarterback Jordan Jefferson." Jefferson actually engineered the second-to-last touchdown drive to put LSU ahead 12-7 in the fourth quarter, but the point differential was just four points as LSU won 20-13.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your 'Game Prediction' was FL's plan B. They went, however, w/ plan A, i.e. Tebow, and with either plan - FL's defense was better than LSU's offense.

LSU's defense held FL better than most people hoped for. The offense just didn't do its part.

Jefferson needs more protection and/or he needs to make quicker decisions.

5:15 PM  

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