LSU head coach Ed Orgeron recapped Saturday's homecoming loss to Troy and previewed the upcoming game against No. 21 Florida in Gainesville in his weekly Lunch with Coach O news conference Monday.
KICKOFF: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL
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RECORD: LSU (3-2, 0-1 SEC), Florida (3-1, 3-0 SEC)
SERIES: Florida leads 32-28-3
LAST MEETING: Florida - 16, LSU - 10 (Nov. 19, 2016 in Tiger Stadium)
The Trojans rushed for more than 200 yards and converted 10-of-18 on third down. The Tigers turned the ball over four times in the game. LSU gained more total yards, but Troy won the time of possession by nearly 10 minutes.
Orgeron said the problem on offense was lack of execution. He reiterated the offense is totally up to offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Orgeron added he did step in last week to simplify the shifts in motion. He said for play calls they must look at what the defense is giving them and take advantage of that.
Orgeron was asked about trench physicality on both sides of the ball and the appearance that it has been lacking. He said playing freshmen and Rashard Lawrence being out hurt them.
LSU is hoping to rebound after falling to Troy and falling out of the top 25. This will be the first of seven SEC games for the Tigers. It will also be the first of two seasons straight having to travel to "The Swamp" to face the Gators. Last year's contest, which was originally scheduled to take place in Gainesville, was moved to Baton Rouge due to Hurricane Matthew.
Orgeron said running back Derrius Guice is questionable for the game. He added there is nothing wrong other than an injury. According to Orgeron, offensive tackle Toby Weathersby and fullback JD Moore are also questionable.
Orgeron said he expects the Gators to lean on their running game. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks will once again be the starter after Luke Del Rio suffered a season-ending collarbone injury against Vanderbilt. Orgeron added Florida also has a big offensive line and three good running backs.
According to Orgeron, linebacker Arden Key is finally starting to get in game shape.
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