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LSU/Florida pre-game notes

LSU and Florida square off as Top 10 opponents for the first time since 2009 when the Tigers travel to Gainesville to take on the Gators at 2:30 p.m. CT in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Les Miles leads LSU into the Swamp

LSU (5-0, 1-0) enters the game ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 4 in the AP Top 25, while Florida (4-0, 3-0) is No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches’ poll.

The Tigers, who beat Auburn, 12-10, two weeks ago in its league opener, are coming off a 38-22 non-conference win over Towson last week. The Gators enjoyed an open date last week after posting a 38-0 win over Kentucky in their last action two weeks ago.

Last year, LSU beat the Gators under then first-year head coach Will Muschamp, 41-11, in Tiger Stadium for the largest margin of victory in the series by the Tigers.

This year's meeting marks just the fourth time in the series that LSU and Florida go into the game both ranked in the top 10. It's also the fifth time that both teams go into the game undefeated.

Florida leads the all-time series against LSU, 30-25-3. The Gators hold a 14-11-3 edge against the Tigers when playing in Gainesville.

In LSU’s last trip to The Swamp, the Tigers pulled off a 33-29 victory after converting a fake field goal in the fourth quarter to extend the game-winning drive which ended with a Jarrett Lee to Terrance Toliver touchdown pass with six seconds left.

LSU brings the nation's longest overall regular season winning streak into the game at 18 straight, a streak that dates back to the win over Oregon to start the 2011 season. LSU hasn't lost a regular season game since dropping a 31-23 decision to Arkansas in the 2010 regular season finale.

By picking up his 80th win at LSU vs. Towson last week, LSU coach Les Miles became the fastest coach in school history to reach 80 victories as he needed just 98 games to do it. In addition, the 98 games to reach 80 wins makes Miles the third-fastest in SEC history to reach that milestone as he trials only Steve Spurrier (80 wins in 89 games) and Philip Fulmer (80 wins in 97 games).

Some notable SEC coaches who needed more games than Miles to reach 80 wins include: Bear Bryant (80 wins in 120 games), Nick Saban (80 wins in 104 games), Mark Richt (80 wins in 101 games), and Vince Dooley (80 wins in 123 games).

Despite allowing season-highs for points (22), rushing yards (188) and total yards (291) last week against Towson, LSU's defense is still rated among the best in the nation. The Tigers go into the Florida game allowing just 12.6 points (4th in SEC), 217.8 total yards (2nd in SEC), 83.0 rushing yards (3rd in SEC), and 134.8 passing yards (2nd in SEC).

LBs Kevin Minter (34 tackles, 5.5 TFL) and Lamin Barrow (30 tackles, 1 TFL) are LSU's top two tacklers.

Other defensive leaders include DE Sam Montgomery (15 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks), DT Anthony Johnson (19 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks), and DE Lavar Edwards (11 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks).

Offensively, LSU is scoring 39.0 points per game (5th in SEC) to go along with 432.8 total yards (5th in SEC), 229.6 rushing yards (2nd in SEC) and 203.2 passing yards (12th in SEC). Sophomore Kenny Hilliard (366 yards, 6 TDs) leads a talented trio of Tiger running backs into the Florida game.

QB Zach Mettenberger has completed 65.5 percent of his passes (78-of-119) for 1,016 yards, 6 TDs and just 2 interceptions. His top targets are sophomores Jarvis Landry (18 rec., 164 yards, 1 TD) and Odell Beckham Jr. (16 rec., 286, 2 TDs).

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