Game Preview – UF vs LSU Tigers

By on November 17, 2016. Posted in , , .

Florida Travels to LSU for Collision of Ranked Teams

Due to a rescheduling of the original game slated to be played in Gainesville in October, the Florida Gators will travel this weekend to take on LSU in Baton Rouge in a matchup of two ranked teams.  Kick-off at Tiger Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m. (ET) with coverage airing on the SEC Network.   The Baltimore Gator Club will host is weekly Watch Party for the contest at the Greene Turtle in McHenry Row, so come on out and cheer on the Gators in a pivotal SEC game.

The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230

Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC) travels this week instead of hosting Presbyterian at the Swamp and is looking to wrap up the SEC East division crown for the second year in a row.  Facing their former head coach last weekend in the form of South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, the Gators handled the Gamecocks early and then head off a late charge for a 20-7 victory.  Graduate transfer quarterback Austin Appleby made the start for UF in place of Luke Del Rio and guided the Florida offense to a productive 372 yards of offense.  The unit was plagued by turnovers, however, giving the ball up three times in USC territory.

The Gator defense lived up to its billing once again, shutting out the Gamecocks for the first three quarters of the contest.  Overall the unit yielded just 265 total yards.

LSU (6-3, 4-2 SEC) hosts Florida instead of facing Southern Alabama, and needs some help to make it to Atlanta ahead of Alabama.  Last week the Tigers rolled over Arkansas, 38-10, to reclaim the Golden Boot.  LSU scored early and often against the Razorbacks thanks to a combined five touchdowns courtesy of running backs Leonard Fournette (three) and Derrius Guice (two).  The latter led the way with 252 yards while the highly touted Fournette contributed 98 yards on the ground.

Saturday’s game will be the 63rd all-time meeting between the Gators and Tigers and 32nd clash in the Louisiana state capital.  LSU has won three straight games against the Gators but UF still maintains a 31-28-3 lead in the series.  Last year, Florida battled under the direction of Treon Harris, but ultimately could not keep up with the Tigers in Baton Rouge.  Making his first start of the year, Harris tossed two touchdown passes, but was sacked five times and Fournette battered the Gator D for 180 yards and two touchdowns.