This is my third week making bold predictions. I failed with my pick against Georgia. Then LSU winning by more than 21 against Mississippi State put me back on the winning track.
This week the Florida Gators will be trying to build on their 20 point win over Arkansas. They travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers. LSU is coming off a 33 point stomping of Mississippi State. Click here for the full preview.
Florida comes into the game with a disappointing offense, but one of the top defenses in the country. The Gator offense has been truly pathetic. They rank 93 in the country with a measly 25 points a game. Tyler Murphy has been a pleasant surprise since Jeff Driskel broke his fibula against Tennessee.
However, their defense has been down right dominant, holding the opposition to just 12.2 points a game, 4th best in the nation. They rank second in total defense. No team has been able to find offensive success against the Gators.
LSU has been exactly the opposite. LSU had eight defensive players drafted last year, the most in the nation. The new inexperienced players have struggled to find their footing early. Opposing teams have had little trouble exposing LSU’s defensive weaknesses.
LSU is currently ranked 52nd in the country in points allowed with 24.7. LSU is lucky that their points allowed average is that low. Without games against against Kent State and UAB, the total would be much higher.
Offensively things are truly clicking under new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. Cameron has turned the offense from a weakness in 2012, into one of the most complete offenses in the entire nation.
The Tigers are currently ranked ninth in the country in points per game, with a 45.5 average. Jeremy Hill leads a threatening rushing attack. He has an SEC best nine rushing touchdowns. Zach Mettenberger has built a strong connection with Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. to form a highly feared passing attack.
Bold Prediction: LSU vs Florida
The most points that Florida has given up this season is 21 to Miami. My prediction may seem a little absurd, but with the way the LSU offense is playing I feel confident that LSU will win by at least 21 points. LSU will break through the Florida defense and the atrocious Florida offense will fail to get going.