Around the SEC: Critical conference matchups on deck

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Week & of the 2013 college football season is here, and it’s now to the point where we’ll see critical SEC matchups every week from here to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. Two games in particular this weekend could help ultimately decide who gets to make the trip to Atlanta for a chance to not only win the conference trophy, but represent the league in the BCS National Championship game.



October 6, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Damien Jacobs (4) sacks LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators at LSU Tigers

The Gators enter Week 7 at 3-0 in the SEC, tied for the first in the East Division. The Tigers enter at 2-1 in the SEC West, and with Alabama facing Kentucky this week, a loss here will drop the Tigers to two game s behind the Tide, and likely eliminate them from a berth in the SEC Championship game.

The Florida offense has been sparked by the emergence of quarterback Tyler Murphy, who replaced an injured Jeff Driskel as starter in a Sept. 28 win at Kentucky. The defense is once again that of a national championship contender, and if the offense can continue to improve under Murphy, the Gators could come out of Baton Rouge with a season-defining win.

Per ESPN, the Gators lead the nation in Total QBR allowed at an average of 13.0 against Florida, and opposing QBs are completing just 21.1% of their passes of 15 yards or longer.

On the opposing side, LSU’ Zach Mettenberger has completed 60% of his throws of 15+ for eight touchdowns, no interceptions and an average of 15.8 yards per attempt.

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