Odds and Ends: UF Byes Another Win

Florida was fortunate to have two weeks leading up to the LSU game which allowed Tim Tebow enough time to heal and be cleared to play. With all the focus on Tebow's condition, not as much attention during the build up to the game was paid to what happens when Urban Meyer and his staff have extra time to prepare for an opponent: they win. The Gators are now 7-0 under Meyer coming off a bye week.

Preparing for this game was clearly more challenging than usual thanks to the uncertainty about Tebow's status. The offensive playcalling reflected that, with only six passes out of 29 plays in the first half. Seventy-five percent of Florida's offensive plays for the night wound up being run calls, although more of them featured Tebow after the break.  

"We were somewhat conservative," said Urban Meyer. "So much of the management of a game is how your defense and your special teams are playing and I thought those two phases were tremendous."  

LES CRAPS OUT  

Two years ago in Baton Rouge, Les Miles gambled successfully with five fourth down conversions against Florida. This season it was a very different story. Florida held the Tigers to 1-of-9 on third down attempts, forcing Miles to once again roll the dice looking for some fourth down magic. While LSU successfully converted a short attempt on LSU's one scoring drive in the first half, both of their tries in the fourth quarter ended with Jordan Jefferson being sacked by Gator defenders.  

SECOND HALF SHUTDOWN  

Those fourth down stops were just part of Florida's defensive dominance after the break. In the third quarter LSU managed just four yards and three penalties. Even with Florida played a bend but don't break defense late in the game to force LSU to use up clock, the Tigers gained just 39 yards total in the second half.  

UF ALWAYS OUT FRONT  

While LSU was able to force a 3-3 tie in the second quarter, Florida has still not trailed in any game this season. The only other Division I team who's avoided being behind at any point so far this season is Boise State. The Broncos had Saturday off.  

INT STREAK INTACT  

LSU clearly was scared to take many shots downfield with young quarterback Jordan Jefferson against the Gator secondary. He attempted just 17 passes all night, most of which were fairly conservative routes. Florida's Joe Haden did pick Jefferson off when the Tigers were looking to run a two minute drill late in the first half, meaning Gator defenders have intercepted a pass in 17 consecutive games.  

IT'S NOT EASY BEING PERFECT  

With their win, Florida knocked LSU from the ranks of the unbeaten teams. Only nine remain unblemished, with Auburn, Wisconsin and Missouri joining LSU on the scrap heap this week.  

NO WORD YET ON THE START TIME FOR THE BBQ  

CBS did not announce which game they would choose for their 3:30 game next week. The two possibilities are Arkansas at Florida and South Carolina at Alabama. All four of those teams won Saturday, making it a more difficult decision for the network. Arkansas will come into The Swamp on a roll, with a 44-23 win against Auburn following a 47-19 throttling of Texas A&M last week.  

BOOK YOUR ROOM FOR ATLANTA NOW  

Florida still has five conference games remaining, but they're in fantastic shape to claim the SEC East title earlier than usual. After Saturday's action every team but South Carolina already has at least two SEC losses, and the Gamecocks 2-1 record will likely pick up another loss when they travel to Alabama next weekend.  


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