LSU at (21) Florida
Time: 2:30 PM (CT), Saturday
Spread: UF -2
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Florida Gators have won three-straight games and enter Week 6 as 2-point favorites over visiting LSU according to college football oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes. The game will air at 2:30 (Central) on CBS and has an over/under of 45 total points.
Florida won 38-24 over Vanderbilt last week, and it escaped from Kentucky as one-point victors in Week 4. Week 3 was its most impressive ‘W’ of the season, a 26-20 victory over then-ranked Tennessee. The Gators opened the season with a tough 33-17 loss to Michigan. Florida has not held an opponent under 20 points this entire season, and LSU is averaging 28 points per game over its past two contests. LSU is 3-2 on the season with losses to Troy State and Mississippi State, and the Tigers are ranked 4th in the SEC standings.
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This game ideally should be within reach for LSU, but Florida has been hot. This is the first time this year LSU has not been ranked, and it had won 49 straight games against visiting non-conference opponents prior to last week’s disappointment. Florida is 3-0 in SEC play, but Luke Del Rio suffered a broken collarbone last week in the win over Vandy, and he is out for the remainder of the season.
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Feleipe Franks will start at quarterback, and he went 10 of 14 for 185 yards in his best game as a freshman. Franks did have a 63-yard TD pass against Tennessee last month, so there are signs that he could be a surprising replacement for Del Rio. Eleven different Gators receivers have caught a pass for 10-yards or longer, and Florida won 16-10 last season at LSU as the Tigers were stopped at the 1-yard line in the final seconds.
LSU wide receiver D.J. Clark has a rushing TD, but he has yet to get one via the pass, despite leading the team with 16 catches for 338 yards. Danny Etling has thrown for 921 yards with five TDs and one interception, and he boasts an outstanding passer rating of 150.8. LSU’s top two backfield options Darrel Williams and Derrius Guice each have rushed for over 300 yards and have five TDs apiece to their names.
No other Tigers have got in much on the TD action, though DJ Chark has a 20-yard TD rush on the year. Chark is the top receiver, but he is one of three Tigers to average 20-yards or more per reception.