The LSU Tigers and Florida Gators traditionally play in October and this game was postponed two months against when Florida had a COVID outbreak. Now the No. 6 Gators (8-1) are headed to the SEC Championship Game next weekend but need to beat the 3-5 Tigers to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. The kickoff on Saturday, September 12 is set for 7:00 p.m. ET from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. and will be televised on ESPN.
This cross-division rivals have met 66 times since 1937 and Florida leads the series 33-30-3. LSU won at home 42-28 last year en route to the national title. Florida won the 2018 game in Gainesville against a No. 5 Tigers squad and LSU won at Florida in 2017
LSU Tigers Betting Outlook: Stop the Aerial Attack
In betting with us at ____ the Tigers are 4-4 ATS and the over is 4-4 in their eight games. The Tigers offense ranks 60th in the nation at 28.8 ppg and they are 19th in passing (206 ypg) but 113th in rushing (110 ypg). The defense ranks 115th in the nation in total yards allowed (469.1 ypg), 125th against the pass (313.1 ypg) and 95th in scoring (33.4 ppg)
LSU allowed 385 yards passing, 265 yards rushing and 55 points in the loss to Alabama last Saturday.
LSU has played three quarterbacks this season and Myles Brennan leads the way with 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s out injured and T.J. Finley threw for 144 yards with a touchdown against Alabama while Max Johnson had 110 yards.
John Emery Jr. ran for 79 yards and a touchdown against Alabama while Tyrion Davis-Price had 24 yards. Davis-Price has 391 rushing yards on the season while Emery has 371 yards and both backs have three touchdowns.
Kayshon Boutte had eight catches for 111 yards on Saturday while Jontre Kirklin had a touchdown catch. Terrace Marshall hasd48 catches for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns before opting out of the rest of the season at the end of November. Tight end Arik Gilbert has 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida Gators Betting Preview: Kyle to Kyle Connection
In betting with us at _____ the Gators are 4-4-1 ATS and the over is 5-4 in their nine games. The Gators offense leads the nation in passing (376.7 pgg), ranks 10th in scoring (42 ppg) and 12th in total offense (502.9 ypg). The defense ranks 41st against the run (138.3 ypg), 44th in scoring (25.1 ppg) and 49th in total yards allowed (381 pg).
Last week the Gators went on the road and beat Tennessee 31-19. Quarterback Kyle Trask was 35-for-49 for 433 yards and four touchdowns while the run game accounted for just 19 yards. Both tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Kadarius Toney went over 100 yards and the Gators defense had six sacks.
On the season Trask is a Heisman contender with 3,243 yards in nine games. He has completed 71.4% of his passes with 38 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Running back Dameon Pierce leads the team with 417 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Malik Davis has 196 yards while Nay’Quan Wright has 158 yards and a touchdown.
Toney leads the Gators with 53 receptions for 649 yards and eight touchdowns while Pitts has 36 catches for 641 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing three games. Trevon Grimes has 30 catches for 413 yards and eight touchdowns
LSU Tigers at Florida Gators Betting Line
Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at _____ where the Gators are favored by 23 points with a total of 68 points.
Florida has struggled to put teams away with a couple backdoor covers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt. But the way LSU played defense last week against Alabama, it doesn’t inspire confidence they can stay with the Gators on the road. Look for Trask to continue to make a Heisman statement as he prepares for the showdown against Mac Jones and Alabama.
Free Pick: Florida -23 (-110)