Do we have to?
So this game….is garbage. Honestly, I know I’m kinda supposed to prepare you for watching the game and all but like…I strongly urge you to have other plans if you can. It’s going to be really, really bad. There really isn’t a ton to watch for.
This past week I realized something: examining potential schematic minutia that may factor into these games is pointless for this LSU team considering the fact that they are fatally limited by their own roster and Bo Pelini’s lack of preparation of his unit to the bare bones of a call sheet on both sides of the ball. On the other hand, offenses with any semblance of talent can run day one installs, their most basic, general stuff, and score 40 plus. Florida has some talent on offense if you hadn’t heard. They’re gonna run their most basic stuff and shred LSU; hell their running backs might catch 200 yards on those rail and wheel routes that Florida pairs off as rubs or as the flat option in mesh. It’s going to be a bloodbath all around. Try to avoid this, it’s crazy they’re even playing.
Now this, this is a legitimate reason to watch this game. Kayshon Boutte is one of the most critical players on the roster at this point, and was super impressive against Alabama. He’s really flashed at times, and, given his expanded role, he is now the guy to watch for this team. LSU needs him to thrive, and it’d be very encouraging to see him come on at the end of the year.
Jabril Cox vs. Kyle Pitts
The matchup with Jalen Wydermeyer probably made Cox some money, as he was asked to play straight man coverage way downfield far more than linebackers usually are, he was almost treated like a DB. Wydermeyer is great, but Pitts…well Pitts is different. It’s not reasonable to ask him to shadow Pitts like a great corner with a team’s top wide receiver, but damn it if Pelini isn’t going to try. If he shows out with this matchup, he’ll cash in.
Stat leader Predictions for LSU
Passing: Johnson, 15/27, 187 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.
Rushing: Emery, 16 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD.
Receiving: Boutte, 8 catches, 87 yards, 1 TD.
Like Mac Jones a week ago, this is a great opportunity for Kyle Trask to bolster his Heisman case. Fairly visible game, name brand opponent who also happens to run one of the worst defenses in the nation, etc. He’s gonna put up some massive numbers.
Pitts of Despair
Kyle Pitts will be spending most of his time 1 v 1 with a linebacker. That linebacker happens to be great in coverage, but Florida offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and Dan Mullen would be wise to make a concerted effort to send Pitts vertically a lot on Saturday. Force Jabril Cox to carry Pitts vertically and you could see a major day for Kyle Pitts.
Stat leader Predictions for Florida
Passing: Trask, 33/37, 465 yards, 6 TD, 0 INT.
Rushing: Pierce, 12 carries, 75 yards, 1 TD.
Receiving: Pitts, 9 catches, 138 yards, 3 TD.