- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

No. 21 Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC) at No. 16 LSU (6-3, 4-2, No. 24 CFP), 1 p.m. (SEC Network)

Line: LSU by 14.

Series Record: Florida leads 31-28-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida can win the SEC Est with a victory, but a loss opens the door for Tennessee to take the division. Because it is the second-highest ranked SEC team, and because Alabama is No. 1 and likely to qualify for the CFP, LSU could very well wind up in the Sugar Bowl if it runs the table, which would be its most prestigious bowl since losing to Alabama in the national championship game at the end of the 2011 season.

KEY MATCHUP

Florida QB Austin Appleby, a fill-in starter for injured Luke Del Rio, vs. an LSU defense that has given up only 10 TDs in nine games this season, and no more than two TDs in a single game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida: DB Jalen Tabor has four interceptions this season to go with a sack and is among the leaders of Florida’s SEC-leading pass defense.

LSU: Junior RB Leonard Fournette is likely playing his final game in Tiger Stadium and will want to go out with a flourish.

FACTS & FIGURES

The game is a makeup of a postponed contest originally scheduled for Oct. 8 at Florida, when Hurricane Matthew struck the state. … Florida has 12 interceptions this season, tied for second in the SEC. … While the Gators have gone 5-0 at home, they are 2-2 on the road, where they play their final two games this season. … Appleby and LSU QB Danny Etling both began their college careers at Purdue and are former Boilermakers teammates. … LSU is trying to beat Florida for the fourth straight time, which would match the Tigers’ longest winning streak against the Gators since 1977-80. … LSU is 4-1 since Ed Orgeron took over as interim coach following Les Miles’ firing, outscoring opponents by an average of 33.6 to 9.6 per game during that stretch. … LSU is the only team in the nation with two running backs who have each rushed for 250-plus yards in a game this season. Fournette rushed for a school-record 284 yards against Mississippi on Oct. 22, while Derrius Guice rushed for 252 yards at Arkansas last weekend.

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