October 3, 2012

10 Questions: Can Florida take back The Swamp?

No. 4 LSU (5-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) and No. 10 Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC) meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The game will serve as a launching pad for the treacherous month of October for the Gators and will be the first time two top-10 teams have met in Gainesville since an LSU-Florida matchup in 2006. Inside the Gators takes a look at 10 things to watch for in Saturday's game.

1. How improved is Florida's offensive line? We're about to find out. There's no hiding against what is one of the best defensive fronts in the country. LSU has power up the middle in tackles like Bennie Logan and speed on the edges with ends like Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. If all the talk about the Gators' being better on the offensive line is just hype, they'll be in serious trouble.

2. Which quarterback is more ready for the national stage? The five teams LSU has beat this season are a combined 8-14. The four teams Florida has beaten? A combined 9-10. Needless to say, this will be the first truly big game for the Tigers' Zach Mettenberger and the Gators' Jeff Driskel as starters. It is likely that neither has to actually win the game for his respective team, as both are run-first offenses. However, if jitters play a factor, either is capable of making mistakes that his team can't recover from.

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