Paul Finebaum drops an early prediction for Florida-LSU game
The college football world will be glued to Florida at LSU Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
It pits one of the nation’s best offenses in LSU against one of the nation’s best defenses in Florida. Heisman Trophy contender Joe Burrow will lead the Tigers against pass rusher Jon Greenard and the Gators defense. The Gators defensive unit may match up better with LSU’s offense than any defense in the nation. A strong, aggressive pass rush, good tackling linebackers and long corners to cover the Tigers’ dominant receiving corps. It should be a fantastic matchup.
SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum joined SportsCenter Tuesday to discuss the game and make an early prediction.
“It’s a tough call, but I think in the end, the offense of LSU is going to get the nod,” Finebaum said. “Joe Burrow has been unbelievable. Remember, Joe Burrow was at Ohio State a couple years ago. He was trying to beat out Dwayne Haskins for the job. That seems like several years ago. This offense for LSU is as good as I have ever seen.
“The defense is not quite as good and the Florida defense has only given up one touchdown this year, the first game of the season, but I think the offense is going to prevail at home in Tiger Stadium. You may have heard that’s a tough place to play at night.”
LSU’s offense leads the SEC scoring 54.6 points per game, while Florida’s defense has given up just 57 points total this season. Something has to give, right?
It’s tough to pick against LSU Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, and the Tigers certainly enter as the favorite. In fact, LSU opened nearly a two-touchdown favorite over the Gators.
Florida and LSU kickoff Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.