Sunday, January 21, 2018
Colleges

College football preview capsule: No. 10 Florida Gators vs. No. 4 LSU Tigers, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10, 620-AM

No. 10 Florida vs. No. 4 LSU, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10, 620-AM

This is the first time since 2009 the Gators (4-0, 3-0 SEC) and Tigers (5-0, 1-0) enter the game both ranked in the top 10, and the game is the first day game in Gainesville between the two since 2006. LSU will be trying to go 6-0 for a third consecutive season, and the fourth time in eight years under coach Les Miles. The Tigers bring the nation's longest regular season winning streak into the game, 18, which dates to last year's season-opening win over Oregon. Since 1990, Florida is 28-9 after a bye week and 8-2 at home.

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Who establishes the run most effectively to help facilitate the passing game? Both teams are led by young quarterbacks that thrive best once they get into a rhythm, with the help of a solid running game. LSU is No. 2 in rushing in the SEC (229.6), while UF is No. 3 (224.5). But the Gators acknowledge they haven't faced a defense this season like the Tigers (No. 3 in rushing, No. 2 passing), and the biggest concern is the speed of LSU's front four. The Gators used the open date to work on quick-outs, particularly early for QB Jeff Driskel's confidence, and depth on defense and the return of LB Jelani Jenkins (broken thumb) is key for the Gators. This is the biggest test of the year for the Gators' offensive line, one it can't afford to fail. And don't be surprised if Miles brings a trick play or two on special teams.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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