The Florida Gators are off to a strong start to the 2013 season, sitting at 4-1. The Gators lone loss came at the hands of in-state foe, the Miami Hurricanes. Losing Jeff Driskel just two weeks ago is still a fresh wound, but this team has recovered and put its trust in Tyler Murphy at quarterback.
On the other side of the field, the LSU Tigers are one of the surprise teams in college football this season. No, not because no one thought they were going to be contenders, but no one thought they would be this scary on offense and they hold their own SEC fate in their hands.
Florida, like I mentioned earlier, will be playing the rest of the season without former starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. The quarterback suffered a season-ending injury just a couple weeks ago and junior quarterback Tyler Murphy has excelled in his absence, passing for 530 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception in two and a half games. He has also rushed for over 100 yards and two scores in that time. Solomon Patton has led all receivers with 348 yards and four touchdowns on 19 catches — an 18.3 yards per catch average.
Zach Mettenberger has seen his draft stock elevate to all-time high levels this season for the Tigers. The senior quarterback wasn’t expected to do much this season after a struggle on offense a season ago, but he has proven all doubters wrong, passing for 1,738 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games through a grueling schedule. Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry continue to be superstars in the receiving game, both accounting for over 600 yards while combining for 13 touchdowns. Don’t forget about Jeremy Hill who has rushed for 593 yards and nine touchdowns for a 7.5 yards per carry average.
Defensively, the Tigers has played some tough teams yes, but they are still not the same squad of a year ago. LSU allows, on average, 367 yards and 24.7 points per game. On the other hand, Florida allows just 217 yards per game, second in the nation, and 12.2 points per game, fourth in the nation.
Florida will travel to LSU to take on the Tigers at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.
PREDICTION: Florida 24, LSU 27