From The Other Side is a weekly links post, hopefully, giving you an inside look at LSU's upcoming opponent each Sunday based on reports from that team's beat writers.
LSU holds an eight-game winning streak in the month of October, dating back to 2014. The Tigers (3-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) have also defeated the last six SEC East opponents they have faced, including a 42-7 victory against Missouri in interim coach Ed Orgeron’s debut.
Orgeron and his reenergized bunch will test those streaks Saturday against their permanent cross-divisional opponent — at an earlier time than normal.
The Tigers and No. 18 Florida will kick off at 11 a.m. CT at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. A week after blowing an 18-point halftime lead in a loss to Tennessee, the Gators (4-1, 2-1) survived a scare against Vanderbilt Saturday, holding on to a 13-6 win.
The Gainesville Sun
- Gators coach Jim McElwain described the win against the Commodores as “ugly,” as Vanderbilt outgained Florida by 19 yards. But the Commodores turned the ball over on two of its final three drives, including Gators safety Nick Washington’s game-clinching interception.
- McElwain hasn’t determined who will start at quarterback against LSU. Luke Del Rio, who started the Florida’s first three games, sprained his knee in Week 3 against North Texas. Purdue transfer Austin Appleby has started in Del Rio’s place the last two games, completing 19-of-28 passes for 144 yards against the Commodores.
The Orlando Sentinel
- The Gators secondary, which surrendered four touchdowns through the air against Tennessee, held Vanderbilt without a passing touchdown Saturday. Florida, which ranks fifth in the nation in passing defense, recorded two interceptions. All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor came down with his third interception of the season.
Tampa Bay Times
- Florida started two sophomores at defensive end for the first time this season – CeCe Jefferson and Keivonnis Davis. Jefferson played primarily at defensive tackle prior to Saturday, while Davis wasn’t heavily involved in the rotation until this past weekend. Khari Clark also filled in for an injured Joey Ivie at nose tackle.
- Along with an untimely fumble by Appleby at the Vanderbilt goal line, Florida’s struggles on offense boiled down to a lack of physicality up front. The Gators stable of tailbacks averaged just 2.6 yards on 35 carries. Appleby was also sacked twice, and the Commodores recorded six tackles for loss.
- Florida has used four running backs, but GatorCountry.com’s Nick de la Torre argues the Gators should give the lion’s share of the carries to Jordan Scarlett, who leads the team in attempts and scored the game’s only touchdown against Vanderbilt.
- CeCe Jefferson, who McElwain calls “Carl,” is turning heads, based on his energy and athleticism. The former five-star prospect finished with four tackles against Vanderbilt and was one of the few players who impressed his coach on Saturday.
- LSU offensive guard commitment Saahdiq Charles, a four-star prospect according to Rivals, received an offer from Florida the day after Les Miles was fired.
- 247Sports’ Marty Cohen opines on state of the Gators five games into the season. In the hopes of staying competitive in the SEC East race, Florida needs to beat a time like LSU to build confidence, he writes. He also believes the early start time Saturday isn’t beneficial for Florida.
- Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun
- Graham Hall, The Gainesville Sun
- Pat Dooley, The Gainesville Sun
- Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel
- Ian Cohen, Orlando Sentinel
- Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times
- Ethan Bauer, Tampa Bay Times
- Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald
- Nick de la Torre, GatorCountry.com
- Andrew Spivey, GatorCountry.com
- Ryan Young, SEC Country
- Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country
- Mark Wheeler, Rivals
- Landon Watnick, Rivals
- Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports