The SEC of 2013 looks decidedly unlike the SEC of old, with high-scoring results between high-profile programs. This week, another Top 25 matchup between SEC schools could turn into a new-fashioned shootout, with Florida and LSU squaring off in Baton Rouge for an important conference showdown.
Florida has not been one of those high-flying SEC teams so far, scoring just 25 points per game and relying instead on its defense, but quarterback Tyler Murphy believes the Gators could put up big points against the Tigers.
Murphy, on being able to score with LSU if it's a shootout, "We think we're capable of that."— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) October 7, 2013
Murphy on LSU's defense giving up points "I'm surprised but you can't really look at that ... we just need to focus on ourselves."— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) October 7, 2013
Receiver Solomon Patton also told the media that he sees an opportunity for the Gator offense to potentially break through in this game.
Patton on LSU giving up 1,000 yards last two games. "It's exciting. I feel like we've got the opportunity to make some big-time plays."— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) October 7, 2013
LSU is scoring 45.5 points per game, good for ninth in the country, and Gator head coach Will Muschamp has taken notice.
Muschamp being really laudatory of LSU's offense. Has said "talented" and "outstanding" and "balance" a lot.— Alligator Army (@AlligatorArmy) October 7, 2013
Muschamp is prepared for a shootout, even if some of his defensive players might prefer a lower score.
#Gators coach Will Muschamp said he could handle a 51-50 game. "As long as we win."— Joe Morgan (@joe_morgan) October 7, 2013
"Oh, no, not 50 points. Even if we win, I'd have a nightmare. Scared. Jesus." - Dante Fowler, Jr. on Muschamp's hypothetical reaction.— Alligator Army (@AlligatorArmy) October 7, 2013
Some other high-profile SEC showdowns that ended with a ton of points this year: Georgia 44, LSU 41; Georgia 41, South Carolina 30; and Alabama 49, Texas A&M 42.