By now, about the worst thing that could happen to a team on the second half of Florida's schedule is for someone to predict a close game.
Just ask Louisiana State.
Top-ranked Florida did everything right _ passing, running, causing turnovers and shutting down one of the nation's strongest running games _ in its 56-13 thrashing of LSU, dispatching the first of what were supposed to be back-to-back worthy opponents.
"I just told the guys, that might have been the best game we've played here in seven years _ offense, defense, the whole thing," UF coach Steve Spurrier said. "But we have to keep this in perspective. We don't want to get too full of ourselves because it's only the middle of the season, and we've got Auburn coming in here next week."
LSU was supposed to be one of the nation's better teams. And the Tigers' running game had been eighth best in the country. Key words: was and had been.
Florida tallied more than 600 yards of offense and held LSU's runners to 28 yards.
The Gators scored on their opening drive and barely hesitated on the way to 21-6, 28-6, 35-6 and 42-6 leads _ all in the first half. At halftime, LSU running back Kevin Faulk, last year's SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year, had 11 yards. He finished with 26.
"We wanted to hold them under 100 yards because Auburn held them under 90, and everybody was talking about Auburn's defense," defensive tackle Ed Chester said. "We always hear people talking about how Florida's defense is not that good. But we'll let them trash talk. It makes us work that much harder."
The Gators finished with 635 yards and set a school record with 36 first downs.
For the first time in school history, the Gators had two running backs and two wide receivers go over 100 yards. Elijah Williams had 109 yards rushing and Fred Taylor 107; Ike Hilliard had eight catches for 145 yards and Reidel Anthony seven for 100.