#8 Florida (6-0, 4-0) at #6 LSU (5-0, 3-0)
When: Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Time: 7:00 ET
TV: ESPN Radio: XM 191
East meets West in a big SEC clash Saturday night in Baton Rouge, as the sixth ranked LSU Tigers host the eighth ranked Florida Gators. The Tigers come in with the third best rushing attack in the Nation led by Heisman Candidate Leonard Fournette. He has rushed for 1,022 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 8.6 yards per carry despite having a season low 158 yards in LSU’s win over South Carolina last week. LUS showed more diversity on offense in last week’s 45-24 victory over the Gamecocks, getting a career day from quarterback Brandon Harris while Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined to rush for 222 yards and three scores. Harris now has 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season while completing 57.3% of his passes. The defense is ranked 14th in the nation in total yards, but LSU has given up an average of 22 points a game, which ranks 48th.
The Gators come in with a change a quarterback as freshman quarterback Will Grier was suspended for the remainder of the season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Sophomore Treon Harris, who started Florida’s final six games in 2014 along with this year’s opener, takes over for Grier, who had passed for 10 touchdowns while completing 65.8 percent of his passes. Harris is 19-of-27 passing for 269 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season. Running back Kelvin Taylor has recovered from a slow start, averaging 94.7 yards per contest in his past three games with 4 touchdowns. The defense for Florida has been impressive holding opponents to an average of only 14.3 points per game. Their 14th ranked rushing defense will have their hands full with Fournette tonight. They are led by defensive linemen Jonathan Bullard with 4.5 sacks, Alex McCalister with 4 and Joey Ivie with 3.5.
This should be a great defensive battle tonight. The key for both will be which quarterback doesn’t make the big mistakes. Fournette will get his yards despite a decent Florida defense. Seven points is a lot for game involving two top 10 teams, so I’m taking the underdog in this one with a small play on the under 46.
Pick: Florida +7