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College football scouting report: No. 14 Florida Gators vs. No. 12 LSU Tigers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN, 970-AM

No. 14 Florida vs. No. 12 LSU, 7:30, ESPN, 970-AM

Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC), looking to rebound from a 25-point loss last week at Alabama, simply can't afford back-to-back losses if it wants to win the East Division. Facing the conference's best defense in LSU (5-0, 3-0), the Gators must fix some of the costly problems from last week, including interceptions and the inability to score in the red zone.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

What to watch for …

LSU will use its two-quarterback system of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Although coach Les Miles says they each represent a dual threat, the reality is Jefferson's the rusher (83-yard touchdown run against Tennessee on the game's first play last week) and Lee's the passer. Expect freshman QB Trey Burton, the Gators' wildcat option, to play more. QB John Brantley looks to rebound from a rough outing last week. LSU's Stevan Ridley leads the SEC in rushing yards per game (111.4), the fourth consecutive week the Gators will face the Nos. 1 or 2 rusher in the league. LSU is holding opponents to 79 rushing yards per game, and with Jeff Demps still injured (sprained foot), establishing the run could be difficult for UF. The Tigers are No. 112 nationally in passing offense, 91st in total offense.

College football scouting report: No. 14 Florida Gators vs. No. 12 LSU Tigers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN, 970-AM 10/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 7:35pm]
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