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College football scouting report: No. 1 Florida Gators vs. No. 4 LSU Tigers

Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) tries to extend its nation-best 14-game winning streak. LSU (5-0, 3-0) is looking for respect it believes it hasn't been given despite its record. The teams have split their past four meetings, winning in their home stadiums. The teams of UF coach Urban Meyer (near right with LSU coach Les Miles after last year's 52-21 UF win) are 28-3 when he has more than one week to prepare; UF is coming off a bye week. UF's last win at LSU was 19-7 in 2003.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

What to watch for …

The Gators' running game, particularly if QB Tim Tebow can't play. UF is ranked No. 1 nationally in rushing offense (307.5 yards per game) and faces a team ranked 41st in rushing defense (116.8 ypg). Most crucial for UF without Tebow would be third-and-short situations, which is where he is most effective. The Tigers are last in the SEC and 99th nationally in total offense (321.6 ypg), which may prove to be a challenge against UF, ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense (212.75 ypg).

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 LSU, 8 p.m., Ch. 10, 970-AM


College football scouting report: No. 1 Florida Gators vs. No. 4 LSU Tigers 10/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2009 9:30pm]
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