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LSU remains contender in SEC with Florida win

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With LSU’s 17-6 win over Florida in Death Valley Saturday afternoon, the Tigers remain in full control of their path to a potential SEC championship. Sure, it’s still an uphill battle, but LSU remains in the driver’s seat.

The Tigers used their defensive power to hold Florida to 239 yards and just six points. Florida had just five third down conversions out of 17, although Florida was three of four on fourth down. Florida rarely had any sort of offensive momentum working in their favor, which is generally typical of teams facing LSU on their home turf. This may have been the LSU defense’s best performance from start to finish of the season. Two weeks after giving up 44 points in a loss at Georgia, LSU’s defense looked like the best defense in the SEC and the Tigers once again looked like the most complete team in the conference, a scary thought for sure. Running back Jeremy Hill had another big day on the ground, with 121 rushing yards.

LSU still has games against Texas A&M and Alabama. The Aggies and Crimson Tide should be LSU’s biggest hurdles on the track to Atlanta. Those games will come in back-to-back games in November, and the schedule helps LSU prepare for each of them. Prior to playing on the road at Alabama, LSU will have home game against Furman from the FCS. The Tigers should have no problem getting by that week, allowing LSU to maybe rest a number of key players before the bout in Tuscaloosa. Then LSU will have a bye week before hosting Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M.

LSU can absolutely hang with Alabama and Texas A&M. Their defense is capable of leading the way and Zach Mettenberger and Hill on offense, the Tigers will remain a top threat in the SEC. The Tigers are on the road next week to play Ole Miss.

Despite the loss, Florida still manages to be in control of their season as well. The Gators suffered their second loss of the year but just the first in SEC play. Their loss comes on a day that saw Georgia lose for their first time in the SEC, with Missouri continuing to remain without a loss. Florida still has games against every top threat in the SEC East in front of them. The second half of the year will be a battle for Florida and to go through it with Tyler Murphy at quarterback instead of the injured Jeff Driskel could be an adventure for the Gators. Next week Florida travels to Missouri, who now owns sole possession of first place in the SEC East as the only undefeated team in the division. Florida has a week off after Missouri before facing Georgia in Jacksonville and will travel to South Carolina in the middle of November. What kind of shape will Florida be in at that point?

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19 Responses to “LSU remains contender in SEC with Florida win”
  1. cometkazie says: Oct 12, 2013 7:29 PM

    Love those 23 point games!

  2. novoodoo4409 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:52 PM

    Hey, Bammers aka rednecks aka grumps aka trailer park dwellers….welcome to your first loss of the season in Death Valley, rednecks….

    Well, you always have your pro teams to cheer for…oops, wait…your state has nothing…lmao….

  3. lesticles1983 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:28 PM

    Ummm, we Alabama in Alabama this year. An A for effort though.

  4. Deb says: Oct 12, 2013 9:47 PM

    Me, too, cometkazie!!

  5. speedel says: Oct 12, 2013 10:00 PM

    this game simply showed the offensive ineptitude of florida. there was no dominate defence played by LSU, its just that florida has absolutely nothing on the offensive side of the ball.

    I predicted this when LSU and Georgia lit up the scoreboards a few weeks ago, the SEC is a league where the perception of good defence is because of putrid offences.

    Florida actually have a good defence, and held LSU to 20 odd less points then georgia did, however the game was never in doubt because florida has such a bad offence.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 12, 2013 11:09 PM

    LSU held Florida to about 150 yards less than their average and 18 points less than their average.

    Instead of using the latest version of Air Coryell, OC Cameron and Coach Miles threw Florida a curve ball by using the “run first-ball control” offense LSU played so well at times over the past 4 years. When Miles had the opportunity later in the second half, near the end to run the ball with Hill who never suffered a loss and always made positive yards, averaging about 7 per carry, he did not call his number. Met took two knees and the ball was handed off to others. Miles does not pad scores.

    Some Florida fans came by my favorite places in New Orleans after the game. All who came said they loved the experience at LSU, the hospitality of LSU fans and the food and all.

    LSU’s offense is starting to mature and gel. Rookies, freshmen, and first time starters are getting valuable game experience and starting to stay in their lanes and fulfill their responsibility, rather than try to do too much.

    A game Florida team did not quit. LSU was the better team this afternoon.

  7. Bob says: Oct 12, 2013 11:11 PM

    LSU has an open date the week before (Nov. 2) and the week after (Nov. 16) the Alabama game (Nov. 9). Tigers play Furman on Oct. 26.

  8. normtide says: Oct 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    Florida does have issues on offense. It’s a scheme thing to me. Their play calling is boring and predictable. At some point you have to open it up. They played not to lose, and that won’t best LSU.

  9. suprmous says: Oct 13, 2013 3:50 AM

    I don’t want to start any trouble but guys tell me somethin. How is it that our entire bench could see the fake punt and the defense was oblivious to it? It’s as if nobody on the field could see it comin and the entire bench was beside themselves until Fl finally got rid of the ball. Surely not everybody on the field was that blind.

  10. pdcooper08 says: Oct 13, 2013 4:15 AM

    I don’t know, I’m just expecting more scoring from both these teams. Each week it’s kinda the same thing, good D and very little O.

  11. southernpatriots says: Oct 13, 2013 7:42 AM

    pdcooper08:

    Watch the Big12 or some PAC teams, they have alot of offense and little or no defense. The SEC has been known for generations now for having teams with strong defenses, but so far this year, the have not been in evidence.

    Some traditionally minded pundits were lamenting the death of defense in the SEC and were encouraged to see the LSU v. Florida game.

    A ball control game plan. Florida was leading the nation in ball control, Florida was leading the nation in numerous defensive categories. It was LSU’s defense which rose to the occasion and was showcased. The non-injured Hill and Hilliard led the offense with Jennings coming in as well to give LSU enough scoring to insure a win.

    The flip side, UGA had so many players injured that they lost to Missouri. These smash mouth SEC games result in injuries and when they are to key personnel, it can be difficult.

  12. tigersgeaux says: Oct 13, 2013 7:51 AM

    I found myself shouting at the TV several times before I began to see what LSU was doing.

    Now to get the injured players well in time for Ole Miss which is a real rivalry and a hard game.

    Well done Tigers!

    Tigers Geaux

  13. cometkazie says: Oct 13, 2013 8:42 AM

    pdcooper08 says:
    Oct 13, 2013 4:15 AM
    I don’t know, I’m just expecting more scoring from both these teams. Each week it’s kinda the same thing, good D and very little O.
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    Is there something wrong with this? The 9-6 LSU vs Bama two years ago was one of my most memorable game. Similar statements were made after it.

    southernpatriots says:
    Oct 13, 2013 7:42 AM
    pdcooper08:
    A ball control game plan. Florida was leading the nation in ball control, Florida was leading the nation in numerous defensive categories. It was LSU’s defense which rose to the occasion and was showcased. The non-injured Hill and Hilliard led the offense with Jennings coming in as well to give LSU enough scoring to insure a win.
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    Florida did control the ball. I think LSU had only 53 plays with a preponderance of running.

    Reminds me of the Cholly Mac games where the defense said “Give us some points and we will keep the other team off the scoreboard.”

  14. florida727 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:53 AM

    Congratulations to #southernpatriots and #alligatorsnapper and all my LSU friends on a great win. What a terrific defense. If it wasn’t for our defense, we’d have lost by 50. Good luck the rest of the season and Geaux Tigers.

    PS. #southernpatriots, in honor of your well-earned win, I’ll wear the “Geaux Tiger” shirt you sent me all day today :)

  15. southernpatriots says: Oct 15, 2013 12:15 AM

    florida727: I am sure the shirt looks good on you. Wear it to play basketball with all the fellows.

    “What a terrific defense.” — You would not have said that about the LSU defense just a couple of games ago. LSU’s defense met at half time of the Miss. State game and were embarrassed. They made a commitment to one another to play with pride and play a “shut down defense.” Since that time, they have allowed 9 points in 6 quarters. Not bad for a bunch of rookies, freshmen, and first-time starters. Not bad coaching for DC John Chavis, who may be doing his best coaching this season.

    Next game, our rivals for the past generations–Ole Miss at Oxford. One game at a time.

    We wish you the best the remainder of the season. Finally, Bama has to play Florida…next year at Tuscaloosa…ha. Now to get Bama to play Florida and Georgia in the same season. We may be waiting for another generation, ha.

  16. pdcooper08 says: Oct 15, 2013 1:34 AM

    Southernpatriots, I watch PAC 12 Big 12 regularly. That’s prolly my problem. I’m used to all the scoring. But your points are well taken. I do appreciate good D, I was just hoping for more O in this one. I do like those bengals though. Good luck the rest of the way!

  17. suprmous says: Oct 15, 2013 4:31 AM

    Hi Friends, just gotta say I definitely know what is meant by bein at a loss for words. I’ve found myself lookin at another thread and wonderin how on Earth so many can be so partial and biased. Case in point. The thread I speak of is the one bout the other award other than the Butkus Award. Chris does a good job in mentionin Odell and some of those posters actually seem to think he’s not worthy period and paragraph. That’s where my loss for words comes in. I guess all of us who follow our beloved Tigers know better but I just can’t help but to think somebody or somebodies are a bit wrong by not thinkin like us. Oh well, their loss huh? K, I’ve said too much prolly so now I’ll hush up.

    fl 727, I bet’cha ya look more handsome in that shirt southernpatriots gave ya ;) !!!

  18. southernpatriots says: Oct 15, 2013 11:14 AM

    pdcooper08:

    Since this blog is a family SEC blog, without anti- bloggers (at this moment anyway), I can tell you that by next season UF will have an offense. Add an offense to that defense, and UF will be back at the top. The SEC teams that succeed will have a defense which will be good or great and a fairly good or better offense.

    I think most Bengal Tiger fans are pleasantly pleased with what we have seen from the Tigers this season. I think the defense can be seen to have “over performed” the past 6 quarters. What in fact has happened is that the just out of high school players for the most part, have matured in a baptism of fire in SEC games.

    ************

    The truism about defense winning championships is usually true, not always, but usually. It will likely be true this season, no matter how much scoring Oregon does or any other team. New NFL (and then) NCAA rules favor the offense to the detriment of the defense.

    Met, Landry, and at least 3 others have lingering injuries. Met and Landry are limping around campus, Met with a brace on his knee. An off week would have been nice about now, but we have to go to Oxford. The storied history between LSU and Ole Miss would fill books…and has! One team is usually highly ranked, the other one, not ranked. The unranked team rises to the occasion, plays beyond themselves and either beats the ranked team or makes it perilously close. That has happened so many times, it makes for a strong legend. Halloween night run by Billy Cannon, et al.

  19. southernpatriots says: Oct 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    suprmous:

    Perhaps you are mistaken. The Butkus Award is for the best linebackers. Odell Beckham Jr. is a wide receiver and a kickoff, punt return specialist on the special teams.

    Beckham has the most “all purpose yards” in college football. After he returned a missed field goal for 110 yards the SEC/NCAA had to put that into a general category because they did not have a category for that, it is so rare.

    I do know what you mean though. But do not expect rivals or fans of rival teams with the worst fans in college football to support a LSU player or LSU. It is only the rare fan, including some here on CFT, which will do this. Even I have been known to do this from time to time…smile.

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