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LSU gears up for a top 10 showdown with Florida

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 05 Utah State at LSU Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Aside from a huge week two game at Texas, LSU has been on cruise control through the first six weeks. Now LSU is gearing up to face the gauntlet of the SEC. Temperatures are finally beginning to drop as tensions begin to rise and each game gets bigger as the margin for error gets smaller. When LSU and Florida get together, it usually promises for excitement. If all of that wasn’t enough Gameday will be in Baton Rouge for a night game. There isn’t really much you could ask for. With that being said, let's jump right into today’s news.

Let’s start with a quick little recap of the Utah State game. Last we talked about how Utah State might provide a tougher game than a typical group of 5 school would for the Tigers. That was not the case as LSU handled Utah State with ease. To read ATVS’s post game review, click here. For a deeper look behind the box score, click here to read Poseur’s dive beyond the numbers.

One of the stories going into the Utah State game was LSU’s defense not living up to expectations of a typical LSU defense. The defense struggled to get stops against Texas and came out of the gates poorly against FCS foe Northwestern State. Concerns were not quieted when Vanderbilt hung 38 on LSU. Saturday somewhat flipped the script on the narrative surrounding LSU’s defense. Playing with a chip on their shoulder, the LSU defense shut down Utah State’s offense.

For more post game coverage, Athletic subscribers can read Brody Miller’s ten takeaways from the win over Utah State ($).

Joe Burrow continued his Heisman campaign in week six as he threw for five touchdowns and added one more on the ground. He is gaining ground on Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa in the Heisman race.

LT Saahdiq Charles will be back on the field this week. Ed Oregon announced this on Monday. Charles has missed three games this year for what Oregon has called “coaches decisions.”

To read more of Coach O’s comments from Monday click here for ATVS’ roundup.

For the week 7 game notes from the LSU website, click here.

In injury news, it is expected that Rashard Lawrence and Micheal Divinity will make their return on Saturday although the status of DL Glen Logan still remains unclear. The LSU defense has been riddled by injuries all season but it seems they are finally building back to full strength.

Freshman CB Cordale Flott was injured against Utah State and he will miss the Florida game. LSU was tinkering with a new package that shifted Kristian Fulton inside to the slot with Flott on the outside. Dave Aranda will not have that package available this week with Flott out.

WR Terrace Marshall was back at practice this week. Do not expect Marshall to play against Florida but this is a great sign and Marshall is making progress. Derrick Dillon saw increased playing time last week with Marshall out.

As you may of heard, College Gameday will be at LSU this week. More specifically, they will be broadcasting from The Quad.

There is still no word on who the guest picker will be. A rumor circulated stating that Zion Williamson would be the choice but LSU shot that down. To read ATVS’ roundtable on potential guest pickers, click here.

That is all for today. We will have another Gumbo later this week to get you ready for the Florida game and recap any other newsworthy notes. I leave you today with this wonderful picture of Lee Corso kissing the best helmet in college football.