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No. 5 LSU to test hi-scoring offense vs. No. 7 Florida

No. 5 LSU to test hi-scoring offense vs. No. 7 Florida

No. 7 Florida (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 5 LSU (5-0, 1-0), Saturday at 7 p.m. CST (ESPN).

Line: LSU by 13.

Series record: Florida leads 33-29-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Both teams are in position to contend for their respective division titles in the SEC and a College Football Playoff berth. While a first loss in a top-10 clash won't necessarily eliminate either team from contention, it'll leave little to no margin for error going forward.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU's high-scoring spread offense, averaging 571 yards and 54.6 points per game, against a Florida pass defense that has a nation's best 12 interceptions, with 11 in its past four games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida: S Shawn Davis has three interceptions, including a one-handed snag in a victory over Auburn last week. His other two interceptions helped fuel a comeback victory at Kentucky.

LSU: QB Joe Burrow continues to make a case for Heisman Trophy consideration, averaging an SEC-best 372.8 yards passing per game to go with 22 touchdowns passing, which ranks second in the SEC.

FACTS & FIGURES

The last time each team was ranked in the top 10 when they played one another was in 2015, when then-No. 6 LSU beat No. 8 Florida 35-28 in Tiger Stadium. ... Florida is 4-1 against ranked opponents under second-year coach Dan Mullen, 3-1 against top-10 teams. ... After beating then-No. 7 Auburn last week, the Gators are seeking a second-straight victory over a top 10 opponent for the first time since 2012. ... Florida has won 10 straight including the end of last season. ... Gators QB Kyle Trask is 66 of 92 (71.7 percent) for 841 yards and six touchdowns to go with two TDs rushing since taking over for injured season-opening starter Feleipe Franks. ... LSU has won five of its past six against a top 10 opponent. ... The Tigers have scored more than 40 points in each of their first five games for the first time in school history. ... The SEC's top two in yards receiving per game are LSU's Ja'Marr Chase (112.8) and Justin Jefferson (109.4). ... LSU has driven for a touchdown in less than three minutes 26 times this season.

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