The No. 17-ranked Florida Gators look to rebound after their crushing loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide at home last week, but it doesn't look like it will be easy. During the game, Florida quarterback John Brantley went down with what's being called a high ankle sprain. Brantley missed the game while freshman Jeff Driskel filled in, but the kid looked like a fish out of water and the Alabama defense attacked, attacked, and attacked on the way to a 38-10 victory. Now, the Gators will head to Louisiana to take on No. 1-ranked LSU, potentially without their starting quarterback.
Not only could Florida be without John Brantley, but Alabama held running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps to just 24 yards rushing, total. While Alabama has arguably the best defense in the country, LSU also has... arguably the best defense in the country. The same LSU defense held Oregon's Heisman Trophy candidate running back LaMichael James to just 54 yards on the ground.
LSU opens as a 12 point favorite against the Gators, which is a clear indication of what people think about the Florida offense under a potential freshman quarterback. The Tigers will bring their two-headed rushing attack with Spencer Ware and Michael Ford against a Florida defense that was pushed around by the Alabama offensive line. LSU will look to put forth the same kind of game plan that has helped them to their impressive 5-0 record and dominating every team they've face thus far.
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