Sound Off: Florida heads into homecoming game vs. LSU with momentum despite questions


The Florida Gators remained perfect in SEC play after a win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday. Now, the attention turns to a homecoming matchup with the LSU Tigers. The rivalry has seen an uptick in intensity over the past year with the way last season unfolded — with the hurricane, the postponement, the relocation of the game and the Gators’ goal line stand to win the game. SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi and Jordan McPherson discuss this and more in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.

  • Florida’s offense had its best game of the season against Vanderbilt, utilizing a run-heavy approach to defeat the Commodores 38-24 to begin a three-game homestand. Freshman running back Malik Davis rushed for a career-high 124 yards while sophomore Lamical Perine had 3 touchdowns. The defense had its lumps but held firm in the second half to help the Gators improve to 3-0 in SEC play.
  • While the run game is hitting its stride, the passing game is once again being thrown around for a loop. Luke Del Rio, who started against Vanderbilt after leading a fourth-quarter comeback against Kentucky, suffered a season-ending collarbone injury in the second quarter on Saturday. Feleipe Franks, who opened the season as the starter but was benched in the second half of both non-home games,
  • In addition to the quarterback carousel, sophomore wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland is likely to be out this week with a high-ankle sprain. Cleveland is the Gators’ top offensive playmaker and has become the lone proven deep threat in the passing game. Without him, Florida will need to rely on players such as sophomores Freddie Swain and Josh Hammond to step up to make up for the lost production.
  • And with all this, Florida is now focused on hosting LSU on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The Tigers have had a relatively down season, sitting at 3-2 on the season and coming off a 24-21 loss to Troy last weekend. Florida is eyeing a 4-0 start in conference play.


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