October 6, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; LSU Tigers and Florida Gators line up at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Florida Gators at No. 10 LSU Tigers by the Numbers

On Saturday, the Florida Gators travel to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers. This top 25 matchup features two teams with completely different styles of play. The Gators have relied on their elite defense to carry the load for their struggling offense. On the other hand, the Tiger offense has been picking up the slack for an inexperienced defense.

Both teams come into the game with a loss. A second loss to either team could be potentially damaging to where they end up this bowl season. If LSU loses the game, Alabama will have practically won the SEC west after just seven weeks of college football.

Statistics display strengths and weaknesses, so take a look at the detailed statistics for both LSU and Florida, presented by scout.com.

Offensive Numbers: LSU Tigers vs Florida Gators

Points Per Game: LSU – 45.5, Florida – 25.0
Yards Per Game: LSU – 488.8, Florida – 393.4
Rushing Yards Per Game: LSU – 197.3, Florida – 192.0
Yards Per Carry: LSU – 5.0, Florida – 4.1
Rushing Touchdowns: LSU – 20, Florida – 8
Passing Yards Per Game: LSU – 291.5, Florida – 201.4
Yards Per Attempt: LSU – 11.1, Florida – 8.8
Yards per Completion: LSU – 16.2, Florida – 12.4
Passing Touchdowns: LSU – 15, Florida, 7
First Downs: LSU – 139, Florida – 103
Third Down Conversions: LSU – 58%, Florida – 49%
Sacks Allowed: LSU – 11, Florida – 7

LSU leads Florida in every offensive category, with the exception of sacks allowed. The LSU offensive line has looked great at times, but occasionally they make mental mistakes, and Mettenberger pays the price.

Defensive Numbers: LSU Tigers vs FLorida Gators

Points Per Game Allowed: LSU – 24.7, Florida – 12.2
Yards Per Game Allowed: LSU – 367.0, Florida – 217.0
Rushing Yards Per Game Allowed: LSU – 159.5, Florida – 65.0
Yards Per Carry Allowed: LSU – 4.3, Florida – 2.8
Rushing Touchdowns Allowed: LSU – 9, Florida – 3
Passing Yards Per Game Allowed: LSU – 207.5, Florida – 152.0
Yards Per Attempt Allowed: LSU – 6.9, Florida – 4.6
Yards Per Completion Allowed: LSU – 12.8, Florida – 9.9
Passing Touchdowns Allowed: LSU – 7, Florida – 3
First Downs Allowed: LSU – 118, Florida – 63
Third Down Defense: LSU – 37%, Florida – 23%
Sacks: LSU – 10, Florida – 11
Tackles for Loss: LSU – 26.0, Florida – 33.0
Interceptions (Returned): LSU – 5 (43 yards), Florida – 8 (142 yards)

The Florida defense has been dominant this season while LSU’s has not been impressive. It is not surprising that the Gators have the edge in every defensive category.

Florida has a dominant defense and a subpar offense. The Tigers are weak defensively but have a dynamic offense. It is going to be interesting to see how it all plays out Saturday night in Death Valley.

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