The Florida Gators travel to Baton Rouge down a player, an important player at that. The story on campus at the University of Florida has been the suspension of quarterback Will Grier. Grier has been suspended for a full calendar year as a result of taking PEDs. It couldn’t come at a worse time for the 6-0 Gators, who are ranked 8th in the country. Florida finally have a team to be proud about, and them bamm, their quarterback is out for the rest of the year. The Florida staff boasted at the start of the year how they have two quarterbacks that are capable of running the offense, well we’re going to find out this week against LSU. It isn’t just any game in Baton Rouge, it’s a night game which is one of if not the hardest place to play in college football. Florida is undefeated, as is the Tigers, so this is an important game for both teams. It’s been a while since UF and LSU have played at each other with SEC supremacy on the line. Tonight one team is going to exit with one loss and the other is going to remain undefeated. A lot at stake here, and unfortunately for Florida, they need to go at it without their starting quarterback.
LSU will have their best offensive player on the field, who is perhaps the best offensive player in all of the country. Look out for this guy at the Heisman ceremony later this year. Florida has a load to handle with Leonard Fournette handling the rock. He is well and above the best running back in the 2015 class, which features quite a few of them. Fournette has gashed opposing defenses for a total of 1022 yards and 12 touchdowns and he just hit the mid-way point of October. He averages a mind boggling 8.6 yards a carry. Fournette has rushed for more than 150 yards in all games, including three where he ran for 200+. With a backup quarterback in for Florida, the Gators are going to need to find a way to stop Fournette and lean on the defense to carry the load. Florida wants to turn this into a good old fashioned smash mouth SEC matchup. It should be interesting to see what is going to happen when Fournette meets the best defense he has played this season. LSU has won the last two in this meeting, and are favorites to win this weekend as well. We’ll see if Florida is able to spring the upset with their backup in.
Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers College Football Pick
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With Grier out for the next year, the Gators need to expel that from their memory and ride with Treon Harris now. Harris comes in a different mold than Grier. While Grier is a pro-style quarterback, Harris has some wheels and is a dual-threat. Florida will be utilizing a different offense in this game with Harris in the game. He isn’t any stranger to the starting role, as he played some last season. Harris threw 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions last season along with 332 rushing and 3 touchdowns. There was quarterback controversy coming into the year, Grier and Harris were neck and neck in training camp. The Gators went with Grier and it apparently wasn’t a bad idea at all, as Florida enters with a 5-0 record.
LSU averages a whopping 348 yards per game on the ground. Conversely, they pass for only 122 yards. There is no secret what is going to happen in this game offensively for LSU. They’re going to hand the ball off and hand the ball off some more to their star running back Lenard Fournette. He is the most NFL ready running back since Adrian Peterson. They are similar players in many ways and who knows if he has a career like AP but he is going to terrorize defenses in the NFL just like he’s doing now to colleges.
This will be the best rush D he has faced all year, as Florida allows only 100 yards per game. A Mack truck is about to go run into a wall, we’ll see what happens. The Gators have surrendered only 14.8 points per game. LSU enters with a pretty good defense with 22 points allowed a game. Treon Harris is entering a pressure cooker in Baton Rouge. It’s too bad for him that he couldn’t get his feet wet at home in Florida, but that isn’t the case as he gets a night contest on the road at LSU. The spread in this game is real sharp, right on the money. I can see a 6, 7, 8 point win for LSU. Not sure which side of the fence it falls on, but I do think this will be low-scoring. Fournette will get his yards, but not enough to completely embarrass the Florida defense. UNDER 45.5 for me.
PICK: UNDER 47 POINTS (-110)