LSU Tigers (3-2) at Florida Gators (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Ben Hill Griffin Stadium)
The Line: Florida Gators -2.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The LSU Tigers and Florida Gators meet Saturday in college football action at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on CBS.
The LSU Tigers need a bounce back victory after being upset last week by the Troy Trojans. The LSU Tigers have split their last eight road games. Danny Etling is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 921 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Etling and Myles Brennan have combined for six touchdown passes and three interceptions this season. DJ Chark and Russell Gage have combined for 478 receiving yards and one touchdown while Drake Davis has three receptions. The LSU Tigers ground game is averaging 192.8 yards per contest, and Darrel Williams leads the way with 320 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, LSU is allowing 19.4 points and 310.2 yards per game. Devin White leads the LSU Tigers with 49 tackles, Corey Thompson has four sacks and Andraez Williams has three interceptions.
The Florida Gators look for a fourth straight victory to keep pace in the SEC East. The Florida Gators haven’t lost a home game since November of 2015. Feleipe Franks is completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 557 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Franks has thrown a combined 26 passes in his last two games. Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney have combined for 433 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Josh Hammond has six receptions. The Florida Gators ground game is averaging 145.7 yards per contest, and Malik Davis leads the way with 319 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Florida is allowing 26 points and 381.3 yards per game. David Reese leads the Florida Gators with 32 tackles, Cece Jefferson has 2.5 sacks and Duke Dawson has two interceptions.
The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games in October, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Gators are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in October and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
I know the Gators are still without a lot of key guys offensively and now it looks like their top receiver in Tyrie Cleveland won't play as well. However, am I really supposed to back a team on the road that just lost to Troy at home? No, thanks. LSU was also washed by Miss State a couple of weeks ago, it's only road game this season. Florida is slowly starting to find some consistent offense with Franks at quarterback and it's helped that the running game is getting better each week. Of course, the Gators also still have a defense that pressures the quarterback and can force turnovers. Even with a limited roster right now, the Gators win this game.