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Florida, LSU reminding us what SEC football is all about

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The big games in the SEC this season have turned in to wild shootouts. Alabama vs. Texas A&M to LSU vs. Georgia, the SEC has at times resembled an old Pac 12 or WAC shootout more than the superior defenses we have come to expect from the SEC over the years. This afternoon in Baton rouge, LSU and Florida are reminding everyone just how good the defenses can be in the conference.

LSU is leading Florida 14-3 at the half, thanks in part to two touchdown runs from the goal line that saw some physical battles in the trenches. LSU has held Florida’s offense to just 94 yards of offense as well, while LSU has found a way to pick up 200 yards of offense against the Gators.

Zach Mettenberger has had a solid first half as well, completing six of nine attempts for 105 yards. For LSU, the offensive approach has been to take whatever the Florida defense is giving them. Big plays will come at a premium in this game, so taking advantage of medium and short plays will be the most reliant way to go.

Having 14 points at the half should bode well for LSU. The Tigers have not allowed more than 21 point sin a home game this season, which means LSU could be getting close to having enough points to win this game. A victory over Florida would keep LSU in the Tigers in a good spot in the SEC standings, but before we can begin to think about the SEC West picture (or the SEC East), we’ll have one more physical half to get through.

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9 Responses to “Florida, LSU reminding us what SEC football is all about”
  1. kselvig says: Oct 12, 2013 5:21 PM

    proforeadin gis overratedd.

  2. cometkazie says: Oct 12, 2013 5:38 PM

    kselvig says:
    Oct 12, 2013 5:21 PM
    proforeadin gis overratedd.

    ‘Specially when your spell check isn’t that good.

    The pooch punt was fun.

  3. speedel says: Oct 12, 2013 5:48 PM

    except that Florida only scored 9 (a td with seconds to go is bullshit) against Miami. that and lsu put up 50+ against multiple sec opponents this season.


  4. cometkazie says: Oct 12, 2013 6:37 PM

    Murphy looks good for a freshman.

    If those young players come along for the Gators, it’s gonna be more fun in the SEC.

    This is the kind of game I really enjoy.

  5. gatorprof says: Oct 12, 2013 7:34 PM

    Gators lost both sides of the LOS, especially the interior. Can’t win a ball game against Bama, LSU, etc. when you have the middle of your line blown up on a consistent basis.

    Murphy is a redshirt Jr.

  6. cometkazie says: Oct 12, 2013 7:58 PM

    GatorProf: I must not have been paying attention.

  7. southernpatriots says: Oct 13, 2013 1:13 AM

    Things changed for the LSU defense during the half time of the Mississippi State game. Not only did Chief change his defensive strategy, but the LSU defense met together apart from the coaches. They felt embarrassed. They had heard all the reports of how they were rookies, freshmen, and first time starters, how all the good players left for the NFL, etc. and how they were not expected to be much of anything this season, a season of rebuilding. They thought together that they were better than they had been playing. They resolved to play together and to play with pride.

    In the last 6 quarters (final two against State and game v. Florida) this group of rookies, freshmen, and first time starters, gave up 9 points.

    In the Florida game, Miles noted that Florida had last season dominated the time of possession and that he was not going to allow that to happen again. The way to prevent it against a defense which was preparing for “Air Coryell” was to revert to the “ball control rush first offense” which was so successful for LSU the previous 4 years. This worked out better since Landry was not 100 percent (and dropped several passes in his hands) and Met was suffering from an injured knee, wearing a brace, and the same knee was hurt during the game.

    In the second half, LSU’s defense continued to perform, maintaining the margin of separation of 11 points. Coach Miles said he knew this would be trench warfare, and that Florida would not be able to score, so with the injured Met and Landry and several others who were playing hurt, they could maintain ball control and win.

    Good to see you here cometkazie! This is my type of game as well. The game was sold out (all tickets sold) but many thousands chose not to go. It will go down as a sellout, but…

    Onward to Oxford…

    Allons les Tigres! Geaux Tigers!

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 13, 2013 7:25 AM

    How many LSU Tigers were hurt for this game? I know about Met and Landry, but I saw several others who did not start and seemed to be limping and moving slowly.

    No one broadcast the injuries but after the hard game with LSU, Georgia was wiped out with injuries and lost to Mizzou.

    Very glad we won. How many years has it been since we kept Florida out of the end zone?

  9. Woody Bass says: Oct 13, 2013 9:41 AM

    I think Florida losing was a combination of a few things.. agree that the line(s) broke down… but to a certain point… I think Murphy tried too hard… tried to force some things and didnt play as smart as he has the last few games. But the Gators didnt lost SOLELY because of Murphy…but he does have to play smarter.

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