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Florida vs. LSU Preview, Prediction, Spread, Game Time, Channel

Florida vs. LSU preview: the Gators try and figure out their quarterback situation, while LSU looks to keep rolling with Ed Orgeron at the helm.

On Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m. E.T., the Florida Gators (4-1, 2-1) host the LSU Tigers (3-2, 2-1) at Ben Hill GriffinStadium, which has a listed capacity of 88,548. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Florida vs. LSU preview.

According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, LSU has a 60.2-percent chance to defeat the Gators. LSU won last year's matchup 35-28. Florida owns a slight 31-28-3 edge in the all-time series between the teams, though LSU has won three games in a row over the Gators. According to OddsShark, LSU opened as a one-point favorite in this one, and that line has moved up to three points at most sports books.

Spread: LSU Tigers -3

Game Time: 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Channel: ESPN

Florida vs. LSU preview:

This rivalry game is full of moving parts this season. In Gainesville, Florida has to decide between Luke Del Rio, who began the season as starting quarterback, or Austin Appleby, who has filled in during his recovery from injury. Both have similar numbers, completing over 61-percent of their throws. Del Rio has six touchdowns and two interceptions, while Appleby is at three and one. Del Rio owns an edge in yards per attempt: 7.55 vs. a pedestrian 6.53.

LSU, of course, is in its second game with Ed Orgeron at the helm. The Tigers impressed in the first game under Coach O, blasting Missouri 42-7 behind a breakout performance by Derrius Guice, who had 163 yards and three scores on just 17 carries. Leonard Fournette may be out once again for the Tigers, but if Guice can have a repeat performance, the Tigers offense won't fall off too much.

Florida vs. LSU prediction:

There is a reason that LSU felt it had to get Les Miles out at mid-year after he saved his job last season. The Tigers have immense talent, and probably weren't getting everything they could out of it. It is up in the air whether Orgeron is the guy to lead them forward long term, but he showed that he can be an effective steward for a big-time program as the interim coach at USC, and we like him to lead LSU to a fourth straight win over Florida.

LSU 19, Florida 17