- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

LSU (3-2, 2-1 SEC) at No. 18 Florida (4-1, 2-1), Noon (ESPN)

Line: LSU by 3.

Series Record: Florida leads 31-28-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The loser likely becomes irrelevant - or, at best, a spoiler - in the Southeastern Conference division races. Although two losses in league play hardly eliminate anyone, it’s hard to see either of these teams running the table down the stretch.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU’s run game vs. Florida’s defense. The Gators were gashed on the ground the last two weeks, giving up 179 yards rushing in a loss at Tennessee and then allowing 176 in a victory at Vanderbilt. The Tigers, meanwhile, are coming off a 418-yard rushing performance against Missouri.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LSU: Leading rusher Derrius Guice has 402 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, including three scores last week against Mizzou, and should be LSU’s go-to guy again with star Leonard Fournette unlikely to play with a nagging ankle injury.

Florida: WR Antonio Callaway appears to be the team’s lone big-play threat. He was a huge factor in last year’s game in Baton Rouge, finishing with 100 yards receiving and returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown that tied the game late in the third quarter.

FACTS & FIGURES

LSU has won three in a row in the series. The Tigers last won four straight against Florida between 1977 and 1980. … Both teams dealing with key injuries: LSU will be without RG Will Clapp (shoulder) and RT Toby Weathersby (ankle) as well as TE Foster Moreau; Florida will be without two starting defensive lineman, Joey Ivie (thumb) and Jordan Sherit (leg). … Matchup of two of the SEC’s top defenses. LSU has allowed just five touchdowns, which leads the league and ranks second in the nation. Florida leads the SEC in scoring defense, allowing 11.6 points a game. … LSU’s Arden Key leads the SEC and ranks second nationally with seven sacks. … Gators expect to get QB Luke Del Rio back. Del Rio missed the last two games with a sprained left knee.

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AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org

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