October 22, 2011; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers mascot Mike VI in his cage prior to kickoff of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Morning Fix: Tigers Show Versatility in Win over Florida

Today’s morning fix takes one final look at the LSU’s 17-6 win over the Florida Gators from Tiger Stadium on Saturday, midseason grades for the Tigers and take a quick peek at Saturday night’s game at the Ole Miss Rebels.

Here are some of the top stories from around the web on this Monday morning:

LSU mad ea significant jump in this week’s AP Top 25 poll after some teams ahead of them either lost or underwhelmed as the Tigers climbed four spots and are one of a record eight teams from the SEC in the top 25.

Sallee: Florida vs. LSU: Swarming Defense Has Tigers Ready for Meat of SEC Schedule via Bleacher Report

“We knew the Tigers could win shootouts thanks to quarterback Zach Mettenberger, running back Jeremy Hill and the potent offense. Now we know they can win slugfests. In other words, LSU is becoming a complete team.”

He’s exactly right about LSU’s ability to win high scoring affairs and now defensive battles where yards and points are at a premium. That bodes well for looming dates with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies who present contrasting styles of play.

Jake Martin from Bleacher Report hands out his midseason report card for the tigers including grades for Les Miles and offensive and defensive coordinator, Cam Cameron and John Chavis.

Speaking of the Tiger’s defensive coordinator, he got emotionally charged up leading up to the Florida game writes Glenn Guilbeau from Gannett Louisiana. Chavis tells Guillbeau:

“That’s a start,” Chavis said. “We’ve got to build on it. We can’t think we’ve arrived. But that’s a big time point in the season for that to happen. I think we’ve played as well as we could’ve played the last six quarters, and I’m proud of them.”

Certainly a positive sign for the LSU defense who has seen the offense carry the team in the first half of the season, but this performance against Florida offers hope that the second half will see a well-balanced attack and a return to the typical LSU defense.

Previews for Ole Miss players and a complete game preview and in-depth podcast will follow this week. However, until then our first look at Saturday’s game is for the gamblers as the opening line was released. Here is all the detailed info and betting trends for the Tigers and Rebels you need to make a well-informed wager (for entertainment purposes only) wink wink.

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