The last stop for the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship Game next week is their own home. The Gators will play host to the LSU Tigers on Saturday night at The Swamp. Florida is hoping to end the regular season on a high note, and give them some added boost before they face the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide next weekend in Atlanta.
Kyle Trask and the exceptional Gator offense have been rolling all year long. Trask is setting records seemingly every time he takes the field and might very well be en route to winning the Heisman Trophy. He is complemented of course by the great Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes et al. They did post their second-lowest YPP mark of 6.8 a week ago against Tennessee, but 6.8 is still a stirring number. They’ve yet to really be stopped, and an LSU defense that’s allowed 7.1 YPP on average doesn’t seem to be a unit that’s capable of taking them down.
LSU has also been stuck in the mud offensively lately. Over the last four weeks, they’ve had YPP outputs of 4.6, 4.6, 3.7 and 4.9. Their passing offense has shown improvements, but their rushing attack has really suffered. They’ve not eclipsed 100 rushing yards in three of the last four games and four of the last six. Florida’s run defense has been pretty skittish this year, but they’ve locked down over the last three weeks. The Gators have allowed 340 yards on 116 attempts, good for a clip of just 2.93 YPC.
It’s tough to really find an angle where LSU is able to pull off this upset. The Tigers did play Texas A&M pretty close a few weeks ago. But the Aggie offense is not nearly as lethal as the Gators. There is just far too much weaponry at Trask’s disposal here. While LSU did show some flashes against Alabama in last week’s beatdown, and while Florida has had defensive issues all season, I’m not certain anything they produce will be enough. Florida is rocketing towards the SEC Championship Game, which should be a dandy. And LSU, meanwhile, seems poised to finish this season with a futile effort.
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Moneyline: Florida -1600 | LSU +820