Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger has developed into one of the SEC's top signal callers and that is saying a lot considering the company he keeps (Manziel, McCarron, Murray). Mettenberger is on pace to break school records for passing, as he has already thrown for 1,738 yards and 15 TDs. He has completed 68.2 percent of his throws and has just two interceptions in 157 pass attempts.
Of course it helps to have as potent a one-two punch on the outside as there is in the nation. Wideouts Jarvis Landry (42 receptions, 616 yards, 7 TDs) and Odell Beckham Jr. (35 receptions, 686 yards, 6 TDs) are a lethal duo. Beckham leads the country in all-purpose yards (228.2 ypg) and is averaging 21.1 yards every time he touches the ball.
Still, if an opponent concentrates too much on LSU's passing attack, tailback Jeremy Hill will make them pay. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound sophomore is averaging 118.8 yards per game on 7.5 yards per carry. He has already amassed 594 yards and is responsible for nine of the team's 20 rushing touchdowns to date.
Mettenberger knows he will be facing a tough defense this week.
"I think Florida has a combination of both athleticism and great schemes. They have a great defensive coordinator, but they also have tremendous athleticism on the defensive side of the ball. They have big guys that can run, linebackers that can cover and corners that cover very well. We will have our opportunities to be man on man with the defense and hopefully we can score more times than not against them."
A potent offensive attack has masked average numbers on the defensive side of the football for LSU. The Tigers are allowing foes to put up 24.7 ppg, while yielding 367.0 yards of total offense. A lack of big plays has been problematic at times, with LSU collecting just 10 sacks and nine takeaways through six games.
Linebacker Lamir Barrow leads the team in tackles with 36 stops. Fellow LB D.J. Welter is a close second with 31 tackles. Cornerback Jalen Mills has a team-high two interceptions, while defensive end Jordan Allen paces the team in sacks (2).