The last time the Gator football team was in Baton Rouge, it wasn’t a pretty outing. LSU won 41-11 and the Florida offense was struggling for an identity. Two years later under head coach Will Muschamp signs of improvement can be seen especially now with junior quarterback Tyler Murphy taking over.
This will be Murphy’s third career start and it will come in what is considered to be one of college football's toughest stadiums. UF is averaging around 200 passing yards a game to compliment its ground attack that ranks 50th in the nation.
Murphy has only attempted 54 passes but has completed 39 of them (72%) placing him in the top of the Southeastern Conference in passing completion percentage. Trey Burton still leads all UF receivers in receptions with 23 but senior Solomon Patton has become a big play threat who is averaging over 18 yards per catch and leads all UF receivers with four touchdowns. Look for redshirt junior Quinton Dunbar to be another potential go-to target for Murphy.
For the Gators to continue their success on offense they will need Murphy to keep playing efficiently and hope the ground game can do its thing led by sophomore Matt Jones and redshirt junior Mack Brown. LSU's rush defense ranks 64th in the country.
While LSU may be in the middle of the pack in terms of defense, it’s their offense this season that has been a topic of discussion. Senior quarterback Zack Mettenberger has thrown for over 1,700 yards, ranking him first in the SEC; his 68 percent passing completion is fourth best in the league. He also has 15 touchdown passes to only two interceptions, best in conference as well.
The Gator defense should face a challenge against LSU. The Tigers have two of the best wide receivers in the country and even though Florida is second in the nation in total and rush defense it still must shut down running back Jeremy Hill and stable of other good backs. Hill ranks fourth in the SEC in rushing yards as well as in yards per carry. He also leads in touchdowns, scoring nine so far this season.
Those receivers for the Tigers, juniors Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. lead the nation with 77 combined catches for over 1,300 yards.
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