The Gators Look For Their Fourth Straight Win In 2017
The Florida Gators have won three games in a row, all in the SEC, after starting the season off with a loss when they hosted Michigan. Now, the Gators will host the always tough LSU Tigers.
The #21 Florida Gators are looking for their first back-to-back wins over the Tigers since 2008-2009 and are just 2-5 in their last seven meetings. The Gators hold the overall lead over the Tigers 32-28-3.
Florida (3-1, 3-0) rebounded after losing to Michigan week one, with a last second touchdown win over Tennessee the next week. Following their win over the Vols, the Gators won in Kentucky with a last minute touchdown. Last week, the Gators beat Vanderbilt 38-24, but the final score doesn’t show how close the game really was. The game was tied at halftime and the Gators were only up by seven going into the fourth quarter.
Florida may have won the game last week, but their quarterback Luke Del Rio was hit in the first half and was forced out of the game with a shoulder injury. It was later released that Del Rio would miss the rest of the season because of the injury.
Freshman Feleipe Franks looked good last week against the Commodores, throwing three second half touchdowns. LSU is a better team than Vandy and gave themselves a nickname, “DBU”. Those defensive backs will look make a tough day for Franks.
Franks will be without the Gator’s best wide receiver, Tyrie Cleveland who was also injured in the game against Vanderbilt. Cleveland is suffering from a high ankle sprain. It is unknown at this time how many more games he is expected to miss.
LSU (3-2, 0-1) was ranked #25 last week, but lost their homecoming game against Troy, who was paid nearly $1 million by the Tigers to play the game. The Tigers have a tough next few weeks, with three of their four games being on the road. The biggest of those games is against #1 Alabama.
This game can be a defensive battle and may come down to what team gets catches the other team’s defense sleeping. That is going to be tough to do, but with both offenses struggling, it may be the only way. The Gators should win the game, yet again, with their defense. Don’t be surprised to see a score or two by the defensive side of the ball for the Gators.
This is the second of three home games for the Gators, with Texas A&M next week, before their showdown in Jacksonville with Georgia.