Healthier Florida Gators Set to Host LSU Tigers in Top 10 Tilt

By Steve LeMaster

The Florida Gators needed that bye week. With the LSU Tigers coming to town for a blockbuster Southeastern Conference game, Florida will field a much healthier team. And that’s thanks to an open date that the Gators enjoyed last week. Several Florida players have had time to heal up over the last two weeks. Multiple nagging injuries have plagued the Florida football team early in the 2012 season. Still, Florida is 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC’s very competitive East Division.

Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins (thumb), F-Back Trey Burton (back), defensive end Dominique Easley (knee), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), offensive lineman Chaz Green (ankle) and tight end Jordan Reed (head) all had time to nurse their injuries last week. All of the aforementioned  injured players are expected to play for Florida on Saturday when the Gators host LSU.

Jenkins has been cleared to play after suffering a broken right thumb on Sept. 8 at Texas A &M. The very productive Florida linebacker will wear a protective cast on the broken thumb.

Undefeated LSU is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC’s West Division. The Tigers are favored slightly in Saturday’s Top 10 tussle.

LSU and Florida are set to hook up for a Top 10 battle for the fourth time in the series. It’s the fifth time that both teams will go into a game against one another undefeated.

LSU will be looking to extend the nation’s longest overall regular-season winning streak in Gainesville. The Tigers have won 18 straight regular-season games.

Kickoff for the Florida-LSU game is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The game will be televised live nationally on CBS.



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