Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles, leading the team out onto the field for what turned out to be a tough outing in a 41-7 loss to Auburn, brings LSU on the road to Gainesville for an Oct. 11 contest against the University of Florida.

1. Truth about the D LSU’s defense has allowed more than 1,100 yards in back to back SEC games for the first time since at least 1965. But those yards were gained by the likes of Auburn and Mississippi State, arguably the best two offenses in the nation with the best two dual-threat QBs. Florida is a different and less fierce animal. The Gators rank 76th in total offense, and QB Jeff Driskel is coming off a three-interception affair in which he was benched. LSU’s D fails to stop the Gators and the Tigers have real problems.

2. All eyes on the RBs With each passing game, the position of being LSU’s quarterback becomes more irrelevant. The Tigers, clearly, don’t have a passer who it can rely upon, and the coaching staff, clearly, won’t give said passer freedom to chuck it around. LSU’s offense will be driven by the running backs and offensive line. Leonard Fournette, Darrel Williams, Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee need big games from here on out. They’ve got to do enough to keep LSU’s defense — one with depth issues — off of the field.

3. Test II for Harris OK, so the quarterback position isn’t completely irrelevant. It’s time to mold and shape the quarterback for the future. True freshman Brandon Harris seems to be that guy, but who really knows. Either way, Harris must play better on the road. We’ll likely see both Anthony Jennings and Harris play Saturday. The true freshman gets another shot at a night game in front of a hostile crowd. He failed miserably in his first test, misfiring a half-dozen times, fumbling and unnecessarily scrambling from the pocket.

4. State of the program On his radio show Wednesday night, Les Miles was asked about the direction of the LSU football program. He refused to the use the phrase “rebuilding year,” but said the team is in an “evolving stage.” He said the direction of the program “is good.” “The improvement is not coming as fast as we’d like,” Miles said. “You look back you saw Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in their sophomore years were great players. We’re looking for that next group of guys to sprout, grow wings and play.”