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College football preview: No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU, 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 10, 620-AM

No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU, 3:30, Ch. 10, 620-AM

Florida coach Will Muschamp will be in Baton Rouge, La., with his Gators (4-1, 3-0 SEC) on the same weekend that LSU (5-1, 2-1) honors its 2003 national championship team, of which Muschamp was the defensive coordinator. He has no plans to join the ceremony. "They contacted," he said, "but I'm worried about that 2013 LSU team, not the 2003 one." The Gators, particularly the upperclassmen, hope to redeem themselves from their last trip to Tiger Stadium, a 41-11 loss. Since taking over for the injured Jeff Driskel, Florida QB Tyler Murphy has been unflappable, going 3-0. But he will be in his most hostile environment to date in a place where, during his last visit, he was the fourth-string QB. This also will be a huge test for the Florida defense, which is ranked No. 2 in Division I-A in total defense. It will face a balanced LSU offense that averages 197.3 yards rushing and 291.5 passing.

Watch out for …

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is on pace to break school records and is third in the SEC in passing (289.7) and first in pass efficiency (190.1). The Gators secondary will be tested by receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. Florida leads the SEC in time of possession and hopes to use a balanced offense to control the clock.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College football preview: No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU, 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 10, 620-AM 10/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 11, 2013 7:28pm]
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