The Tigers have won the last two meetings between the two teams, claiming last year's win with a 21-17 score.
The Gators also handed LSU its only loss during the Tigers' 2003 National Championship run.
Through five games,
This weekend brings a new challenge for the Gators, however, as the LSU defense has allowed an average of just 7.4 points and 193.4 total offensive yards per game to establish themselves as one of the elite defenses in the country.
His biggest game to date this
season came against
Leak's top target this season has
been senior wide receiver Dallas Baker, who has 27 catches for 448 yards and
five touchdowns. Last year, Baker finished with 52 catches for 697 yards, which
was second only to now-New
Joining Baker in the receiving corps are senior Jemalle Cornelius and junior Andre Caldwell, who are second and third on the team in receiving with 14 catches for 285 yards and 16 catches for 150 yards, respectively. True freshman Percy Harvin has also shown promise in the receiving game, running up 145 yards on eight catches.
Cornelius Ingram has been the Gators' chief producer at tight end, bringing in eight catches for 100 yards and one touchdown on the year after switching from the quarterback spot during the 2005 season.
The Gator running game has accounted for 836 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground this season, with senior DeShawn Wynn leading the way at running back. Wynn has gotten 64 carries for 354 yards and three touchdowns in 2006, after running for a total of 621 yards to lead the team a year ago.
Following Wynn on the ground has
been true freshman Tim Tebow, who has carried 32 times for 193 yards and two
scores. Tebow came out of high school as the one of the top quarterbacks in the
country and should be the heir apparent to Leak following this season. He
currently holds eight high school quarterback records for the state of
He is 8-for-12 with 116 passing yards at quarterback as a Gator.
Also pitching in for the
On the other side of the ball, the
Gators are anchored by the linebacker unit composed of Brandon Siler, Earl Everett and Brian Crum. Siler and Everett both started in all 12 games last
To date in 2006,
The secondary, which consist of free safety Reggie Nelson, strong safety Tony Joiner and corner backs Ryan Smith and Reggie Lewis, has allowed 197.8 passing yards per game and three total touchdowns this season, while intercepting eight passes.
Nelson is the most experienced player in the secondary, recording 46 tackles and one interception last year. He currently leads the team with four interceptions in 2006, while Smith has recorded two picks and Lewis and Joiner have contributed with one interception each.
Thomas, Harris and Cohen were all
regular starters in 2005, while Moss and
Three of Moss' sacks last season were recorded during the game with LSU.
On special teams for the Gators, place-kicker Chris Hetland has struggled this season, going 0-3 on field goal attempts and missing two of his 19 extra point attempts.
Eric Wilbur has handled punting responsibilities for the third straight season, kicking 15 times this season, with a 41.3-yard average and seven punts landing inside the 20-yard line.
True freshman Brandon James has
The Gator special teams has been stingy so far this season, allowing just 3.2 yards per punt return and 15.8 yards per kick return through their first five games.