On a school soccer week full of a bunch of heavyweight clashes, Florida’s street sport in opposition to LSU is arguably the decide of the crop.
Two top-10 ranked packages slugging it out underneath the lights in entrance of a packed home with roughly 100,000 followers in attendance is what makes school soccer such an ideal spectacle.
Additionally, the end result of the matchup is not going to solely have an effect on the place the 2 SEC rivals will end of their convention this season, however might go a great distance in figuring out their playoffs probabilities.
The No.5-ranked Tigers are 5-Zero after thrashing Utah State 42-6 final week and boast the highest-scoring offense within the nation.
LSU averages 54.6 factors per sport and ranks second in whole offense and passing offense—behind Oklahoma and Washington State respectively—with a median of 571 and 416 yards per sport.
Joe Burrow has thrived within the Tigers’ high-octane offense, passing for 1,864 yards—an SEC greatest this season—22 touchdowns and simply three interceptions up to now.
The senior quarterback has accomplished 78.four % of his passes however faces his greatest check of the season in opposition to a Florida protection that has conceded simply 9.5 factors per sport—the fifth greatest within the nation.
The Gators rank first nationwide on interceptions (12) and third in sacks (26).
Burrow is anticipated to return underneath strain on Saturday.
The Ohio native, nonetheless, was in bullish temper this week.
“I don’t like them very much,” he mentioned in his press convention on Wednesday when requested what enjoying Florida meant to him.
“I know they don’t like us very much. That’s been the talk around here. You just have to keep your emotions in check with a game like this.”
Gators head coach Dan Mullen adopted a extra conciliatory tone, praising Burrow’s performances this season and describing him because the hardest problem his protection will face this 12 months.
“He’s easily the best guy we’ve played, at quarterback, this year,” he mentioned throughout Wednesday’s SEC convention name. “He can make all throws. But he also now has the experience, the pocket presence, the decision making to get the ball to where it needs to get too.”
The Gators beat Auburn 24-13 at dwelling final weekend, climbing up three spots within the Associated Press’ Top 25 ballot and arrive into the weekend because the No.7-ranked staff within the nation, their highest rating this season
A second consecutive win over a top-10 ranked program—Auburn was No.7 final week however dropped to No.12 after the defeat—would propel the Gators even greater.
In truth, a win over the Tigers might feasibly see Florida obtain a minimum of some votes to be the brand new No.1-ranked staff within the nation.
Here’s all you might want to know forward of Saturday.
When and the place is the sport?
The LSU Tigers host the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday, October 12.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. native time (eight p.m. ET).
The sport will probably be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
A reside stream will probably be out there through ESPN’s digital platforms and on WatchESPN.
Florida has a slight edge within the all-time sequence, with 33 wins to LSU’s 29 and three ties.
The Gators gained the final assembly between the 2, beating the Tigers 27-19 in Florida nearly precisely a 12 months in the past, and likewise gained the final assembly in Baton Rouge, defeating LSU 16-10 in November 2016.
According to WagerOnline, LSU is a 13-point favourite and is 91/100 to win and canopy the unfold, whereas Florida is an 81/20 underdog. The over/underneath bar by way of factors scored is about at 54.5.