BATON ROUGE, La. -- It's felt like hours, but we're finally at halftime here at Tiger Stadium with LSU leading Florida 24-3.
Stat of the half: Florida's front seven was gutted by Trent Richardson and Alabama's running game for 226 yards a week ago. Today, LSU is looking to duplicate that effort after pounding away at Florida's front seven on the ground. The Tigers entered the half with 128 yards and two touchdowns by Spencer Ware. Ware leads all rushers with 63 yards on 12 touches. LSU has eight more rushing yards than Florida has total yards at the half.
Best call: With LSU up 14-0 in the first, Les Miles reached under his magical hat and pulled out a fake punt after back-to-back 5-yard penalties on the Tigers. Florida's punt unit tore away from the line as fast as it could, leaving nothing but green grass for LSU punter Brad Wing. Instead of punting, Wing sprinted down the left side of the field 54 yards and into the end zone. However, the touchdown was negated after he foolishly flashed the ball to a Florida defender, triggering a personal foul call for taunting.
What Florida needs to do: The Gators' offense came alive on its last drive once bruiser Mike Gillislee started getting the ball. Honestly, he should have gotten the ball from the start with his size and strength. Outside runs with small backs like Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey aren't working, so continue to hand the ball off to Gillislee. Also, let Jacoby Brissett throw the ball. He has thrown a couple of nice balls here and there, but Charlie Weis should give him more chances to throw the ball around if Florida wants a shot at getting back in this game.
What LSU needs to do: The Tigers just need to run the ball. There is no point in throwing the ball too much to risk turnovers. This game is very much in LSU's hands right now, so there is no point in letting the Gators creep back into this game. Putting more pressure on Brissett will certainly help that as well.