Florida Gators quarterback, Tyler Murphy has been a revelation in place of the injured Jeff Driskel for the Gators and is coming off his best game yet, but he could be in line for a rude awakening against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Murphy is coming off a three touchdown performance for a career high 240 yards in the Gator’s win over Arkansas to bring his season total to seven total touchdowns and is completing 72.2 percent of his passes, but they’ve been against arguably three of the five worst teams in the SEC. No one is going to confuse the Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee Volunteers and Arkansas Razorbacks defense for being elite.
Granted, LSU’s defense has been uncharacteristically poor by their standards, but with the exception of the game vs. the Georgia Bulldogs, LSU is only allowing 189.4 passing yards per game. Murphy will find the passing windows much smaller and will be hard-pressed to match the numbers he put up against the Hogs.
The last two dual-threat quarterbacks from the SEC to play LSU, Nick Marshall of Auburn and Dak Prescott of Mississippi State were ineffective via the air, completing 26-53 passes, but Prescott was able to make some plays with his feet as he ran for more than 100 yards.
It’s no secret LSU had some coverage breakdowns in their loss to Georgia where Aaron Murray victimized the Tiger secondary, but I believe those issues have been corrected for the most part and more of an outlier for this defense. Murray, after all is the most prolific SEC quarterback statistically in conference history.
Murphy, however will be making his third career start and will find the environment at Death Valley to be quite different than what he experienced at Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium. He will be rattled and pressured and with his limited experience should play favorably for the home team.