Three keys for LSU to get back on the winning track against Florida

Start fast: In the two games the Tigers have lost, they’ve had to climb out of first-quarter holes. LSU trailed Mississippi State, 14-0, and Auburn, 17-7, after the respective opening quarters. The Tigers need a confidence boost and nothing can heal those open wounds like scoring and getting up on Florida early.

Get consistent play out of the quarterback position: Enough flip-flopping from head coach Les Miles. We’re six games into the season and at a breaking point. Whichever quarterback steps into the starting role has to be more consistent moving the ball. Defenses are keying in on the run game, stacking the box and forcing these gunslingers to beat them with their arms. Thus far, that hasn’t happened. Whether Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris are in that starting position remains to be seen.

Force Jeff Driskel to make plays: Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor have been stout in the run game, carrying the Gators to a few competitive ballgames. When forced into action, quarterback Jeff Driskel just hasn’t been up to par. He’s completing a career-low 54 percent of his passes, has been sacked five times and has thrown six interceptions. Until he proves he can lead this team, there’s no reason for LSU not to stack the box, push eight men up at the line of scrimmage and test Driskel’s arm.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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