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Five storylines: LSU-Florida

10/3/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Five things to watch Saturday when No. 4 LSU visits Florida.

1. Clean up the Act

LSU has played poorly in two recent wins over Auburn and Towson, plagued by penalties and turnovers. Can the Tigers "flip a switch" against a much tougher opponent, or have bad habits crept in during a relatively soft early schedule?

2. Rush hour

Two of the SEC's top three rushing offenses will square off, as will two strong rush defenses. Can a stingy LSU defense slow down Florida's Mike Gillislee on his own turf and can the Tigers get their own stable of running backs loose?

3. Clean (shaven) passing game

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger shaved his mustache this week, a symbolic gesture of a struggling passing offense, ranked 12th out of 14 SEC teams, turning over a new leaf. Will it work, or will the Tigers struggle to get things going through the air?

4. Swamped?

LSU has played one road game, and struggled mightily to beat a 1-3 Auburn team. At one of the nation's toughest venues, will a Tigers team that played 13 true freshmen last week at Towson be mature enough to handle a hostile environment?

5. Injury bug

LSU got good news Wednesday when fullback J.C. Copeland practiced almost the entire session with the first-team offense after he suffered what was a scary-looking, but evidently minor, knee injury against Towson. The Tigers, however, are still trying to figure out how to replace LT Chris Faulk.