Florida QB Jeff Driskel vs. LSU safeties
With the suspension of true freshman quarterback Treon Harris, Florida will have to return to Driskel on Saturday. LSU’s secondary should be drooling: Driskel has been a turnover machine through the first four games, throwing six interceptions and completing 54.7 percent of his attempts. It should be a pleasant change for LSU’s defensive backs, especially safeties Jalen Mills and Ronald Martin, who struggled to contain Auburn receiver Sammie Coates and quarterback Nick Marshall in Saturday’s blowout.
Florida LB Antonio Morrison vs. LSU RB Leonard Fournette
One thing has become clear: Founette is emerging as the Tigers’ featured runner. Fournette led all LSU rushers again at Auburn, picking up 42 yards on 10 carries. At Florida, though, Fournette will face a Gators defense that thrives on stuffing rushers. Florida has allowed 103 rushing yards per game, ranking fourth in the Southeastern Conference. This is largely thanks to Morrison, a junior who leads the Gators in tackles (32).
Florida S Keanu Neal vs. LSU QB Brandon Harris
The road doesn’t get any smoother for Harris. After completing 3 of 14 passes for 58 yards against Auburn in his first career start, the true freshman will look for something more in Gainesvile. He’ll have to worry about Neal roaming center field: He leads the Gators with three interceptions, and the sophomore also recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Considering how Harris performed in his previous start, he’ll need to keep tabs on Neal to reduce the chances of another rough outing.
“I pulled into the office today this morning about 7 a.m., and I reached in my console to get something and there was a black SUV right kind of pulled up beside me by my parking spot. A gentleman kind of rolled his window down and leaned out and says, ‘Keep fighting, Coach.’ He says, ’You’re doing a great job.’ And I appreciated that.”
— LSU coach Les Miles
By the numbers
34% -- Third-down conversion rate for both LSU and Florida this year.
87 -- Consecutive weeks LSU was ranked in The AP Top 25. That streak ended after the loss at Auburn.
184 -- Rushing yards per game allowed by LSU, worst in the SEC.