The Florida Gators remained perfect with another road win last weekend to shoot back into the Top-10 and now face yet another test as they visit the No. 6-ranked LSU Tigers Saturday night in Baton Rouge. The top-10 matchup is scheduled to kick-off at 7:00 p.m. (ET) with all of the coverage airing nationally on ESPN. The Baltimore Gator Club will host its weekly watch party at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row for the matchup, so come on down and cheer on the Gators in your best Orange and Blue.
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Florida (6-0, 4-0 SEC) used another stellar defensive performance to stay unbeaten with a 21-3 road win over Missouri last weekend. The Gator D gave up just 257 yards to the Tigers while forcing two interceptions, including a pick-six by Jalen Tabor. The offense was productive enough as Kelvin Taylor rushed for 99 yards and two scores.
The Gators face a new test this week as sophomore quarterback Treon Harris goes back under center to replace suspended QB Will Grier. Harris will be making his eighth career start, posting a 5-2 record so far as the Gators’ signal caller. This season the second-year QB has connected on 70.4% of his passes (19-for-27) for 269 yards and two scores.
LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC) ended up playing host to South Carolina due to flooding in the Palmetto State, but did not serve as a welcoming host, running over the Gamecocks, 45-24, in Death Valley. Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette continued his charge to the Heisman Trophy despite a season-low 158 yards rushing and one touchdown. Overall, though, the Tigers gained 396 yards on the ground. Sophomore Brandon Harris supplied the air attack, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
Fournette has been the story for LSU all season as the sophomore has already eclipsed the 1,000-yd. mark in just five games, making him the fastest running back to accomplish the feat in SEC history. He is averaging 8.6 yards per carry this season and has scored 12 touchdowns. The second-year man has also caught five passes for 41 yards.
LSU came from behind to stun the Gators in the Swamp last year, escaping Gainesville with a 30-27 victory. UF holds a 31-27-3 record all-time against the Tigers, but LSU has won six of the last ten meetings. The schools have played every year in 1971, but the Gators have not won in Baton Rouge since a 13-3 victory in 2009.