LSU vs. Florida Pregame: Gators' dangerous runners, the 'DBU' debate and Tigers' past Top 10 troubles _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) is knocked out of bounds by South Carolina safety Jordan Diggs (42) in the first half of the LSU-South Carolina game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers were ahead 17-10 at half.

Pregame is a new blog posting each Friday before LSU’s game.

The Info

  • Match: No. 6 LSU (5-0, 3-0) vs. No. 8 Florida (6-0, 4-0)
  • TDP: 6 p.m., Saturday, Tiger Stadium
  • TV: ESPN
  • Series Record: Florida leads 31-27-3

Two Players To Watch (LSU)

  • QB Brandon Harris:The Tigers passing game never looked better under Harris than last week’s career day (18 of 28, 228 yards, 2 TDs). When SC loaded the box, OC Cam Cameron let Harris chuck it. A similar thing might unfold Saturday against a Gators team that’s 12th nationally in rushing defense (99 yards a game).
    Kendell Beckwith. (AP)

    Kendell Beckwith. (AP)

  • LB Kendell Beckwith: LSU’s junior middle linebacker must help contain what’s likely to be Florida’s bread (RB Kelvin Taylor) and butter (dual-threat QB Treon Harris). The two are dangerous runners. Taylor has run for at least 83 yards the last three games. He’s carried the ball a combined 55 times the last two outings.

Two Players To Watch (Florida)

  • WR Demarcus Robinson: The junior has nearly twice as many catches (34) as the next receiver (18). He’s caught at least five passes in five games this season and had his best outings the last two weeks – 98 yards against Ole Miss and 79 yards at Missouri. Robinson will test an LSU secondary in this never-ending D-B-U debate between the Tigers and Florida.
  • CB Vernon Hargreaves: Hargreaves is right in the middle of that D-B-U debate. Some might say he’s a central figure in the argument between the two schools. The former All-American and first-round talent has three picks already this season and has 19 tackles. He’ll likely get LSU’s best receivers – Travin Dural or/and Malachi Dupre.
Leonard Fournette leaps for a touchdown at Florida last season. (AP)

Leonard Fournette leaps for a touchdown at Florida last season. (AP)

Two Key Matchups

  • Leonard Fournette vs. Florida’s front: Excluding the game against Tennessee, the Gators haven’t allowed any team to run for more than 115 yards a game (the Vols had a whopping 254, by the way). Fournette averages 200 a game. (cliche alert) Something’s gotta give.
  • Both DBs vs. WRs: Who will have the most passing yards? Who will get the most picks? The D-B-U debate has raged during the offseason (here’s more on that). LSU and Florida can put the talking away Saturday and perform on the field.

Of Note

  • Top 10 trouble: LSU has lost the last two meetings against Florida when both have been in the top 10 and the last three of four (2006, 09, 12).
  • Early start: LSU has outscored opponents 56-3 in the first quarter of games this season.
  • Quick to 1K: RB Leonard Fournette became the quickest player in SEC history to hit the 1,000-yard mark and joins just 11 others nationally to hit that mark in the first five games.
  • Undefeated start: LSU is 5-0 for the sixth time under Les Miles. The Tigers moved to 6-0 in three of those six years.
  • 2-0-0: LSU has won 22 straight games when rushing for at least 200 yards and is 29-3 under Les Miles when reaching 200 rushing yards.
  • East not-so-beast: LSU is 22-9 under Les Miles against SEC East teams. They have won 12 of their last 14 games against SEC East foes dating back to the 2010 season with the only losses during that span coming at No. 10 Florida on Oct. 6, 2012 and at No. 9 Georgia on Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Rare occurrence: LSU will be hosting a night game between top-10, unbeaten teams in October or November for just the sixth time in history. The last came against Florida in 2009. Others: Bama (1973), Auburn (72), Ole Miss (59), Ole Miss (58).
  • Running Tigers: LSU’s 1,732 rushing yards are the most in school history in the first five games of a season, out-distancing the 1,656 teams the 1977 team rolled up.
  • Lots of 100s: Leonard Fournette can tie Jeremy Hill with an 11th 100-yard game on Saturday – the fourth-most in LSU history. (Kevin Faulk leads at 22).
  • Run rookie run: The other RB: Derrius Guice’s 161 yards against South Carolina were the most by a true freshman in a game since 2003 and the sixth-most all-time.
  • Getting 100: LSU is 60-0 under Les Miles when running for 100 yards and holding opponents below 100 yards rushing.
  • Night time: Les Miles is 46-4 in Saturday night home games. The only losses were to two top-ranked teams – No. 1 Florida on Oct. 10, 2009 and No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 3, 2012 – to another that became No. 1 in Mississippi State on Sept. 20, 2014 and to No. 5 Alabama on Nov. 8, 2014

The Series

Last 10

  • 2014: LSU 30-27 at Gainesville
  • 2013: LSU 17-6 at Baton Rouge
  • 2012: Florida 14-6 at Gainesville
  • 2011: LSU 41-11 at Baton Rouge
  • 2010: LSU 33-29 at Gainesville
  • 2009: Florida 13-3 at Baton Rouge
  • 2008: Florida 51-21 at Gainesville
  • 2007: LSU 28-24 at Baton Rouge
  • 2006: Florida 23-10 at Gainesville
  • 2005: LSU 21-17 at Baton Rouge

Biggest wins

  • Florida: 58-3 (55 points), 1993
  • LSU 48-7 (41 points), 1971

The Spread

LSU -7

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