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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Florida 14, LSU 6: 3 up, 3 down

By Gary Laney

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In a defensive slugfest like this one, it's easy to predict where all the "up" and all the "down" will come from. Certainly, there wasn't much good to say about the Tigers offense.

Three Up

1. Kevin Minter: With 20 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble that killed a drive, LSU's middle linebacker was the best defensive player on the field for LSU.

2. Pressure's on: Five sacks from four players showed LSU is still dominant up front.

3. The freshman class: They keep getting put out there and holding their own. Kwon Alexander forced a fumble. Vadal Alexander looks like the right tackle going forward. Jalen Mills is steady at cornerback.

Three Down

1. Leaks in the levee: LSU has given up 15 quarterback sacks and, as the competition has gotten tougher, the patchwork offensive line is giving up negative-yardage plays in the running game too. LSU played behind the chains.

2. Third down and forever: The Tigers were 1-for-13 trying to convert third downs. Because LSU could not extend drives, the Tigers' defense wore down.

3. Ball's on the grass: Odell Beckham fumbled and at least four receivers dropped passes. Zach Mettenberger is struggling, but his receivers need to help him by making plays, which they aren't lately.