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From the other side: LSU vs. Florida

Tiger Blitz caught up with Fightin' Gators' reporter Jacquie Franciulli to talk about LSU's road SEC matchup against the Florida Gators.

Billy Embody: With Luke Del Rio likely to get the start against LSU, how does the offense change with him under center and what does he bring?

Jacquie Franciulli: "Luke Del Rio does not have the arm strength that Austin Appleby possesses, however, he is a better game manager. Del Rio has a better understanding of the Florida offense, since he has know the Florida staff longer, when he was recruiting at Colorado State and on the Alabama roster and since he sat out last season due to transfer rules. Due to his familiarity with the offense, Del Rio has established a better chemistry with his wide receivers than Appleby. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will also be able to open the playbook at little bit more."

BE: Florida's defensive line is banged up and so is LSU's offensive line. What's Florida's front four like without some of those key pieces and how are they likely to adjust?

JF: "Jordan Ivie is a huge loss for the Gators, however, on Wednesday Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced that he expects both Caleb Brantley and Bryan Cox (limited) to feature in the game. Keivonnis Davis and Jachai Polite will also have bigger roles due to Ivie's injury. The Gators' run defense has not lived up to standards since the injuries, but with Alex Anzalone  good to go, things are looking a bit better than expected." 

BE: A lot of people were of course disappointed with UF's loss to Tennessee, but can you see any changes in the team since that loss? Especially with the way it happened.

JF: "The biggest concern after the Tennessee game was Florida's struggles on offense. Those struggles reappeared in the Gators' last game against Vanderbilt. With the possibility of Del Rio returning some of those problems can be addressed in the game against LSU." 

BE: What's Florida's strength on offense and how might the Gators might give LSU fits on defense?

JF: "The Gators do not turn over the ball. Florida has only lost two fumbles and thrown three picks through five games. The UF offense is still trying to find their identity but issues with ball security is now one with them."

BE: What's your feeling on this game? Got a prediction yet?

JF: "I think the Florida offense is still not quite there. I think LSU can manage to sneak one out 24-20."

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