Cubelic: Florida-LSU Not An Elimination Game

Even with a loss, Florida and LSU would still be alive for the College Football Playoff

The DA Show
October 11, 2019 - 12:54 pm

No. 7 Florida (6-0) will square off against No. 5 LSU (5-0) in Death Valley on Saturday night, as two of the top teams in the SEC look to remain unbeaten.

While there’s still a long way to go this season, is it possible that this is a de facto playoff-elimination game for either team? 

“Probably more so for Florida, but I wouldn’t say it’s an elimination game for either,” SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic said on The DA Show. “Florida is going to play three consecutive top-(10) teams.”

Florida beat then-No. 7 Auburn 24-13 on Oct. 5 and plays No. 3 Georgia (5-0) on Nov. 2.

“There haven’t been many stretches like that in the history of college football,” Cubelic said. “If they can find a way to get through it and only lose one of them and then get to the SEC Championship Game and find a way to win that – the whole interesting deal with these SEC teams is what happens to the one-loss team that doesn’t go to Atlanta? How does the committee look at those football teams? But Florida’s still got opportunity games.”

So does LSU, which still plays No. 12 Auburn (5-1), No. 1 Alabama (5-0) and No. 24 Texas A&M (3-2). The Tigers are double-digit favorites against Florida.

“I’m still going to go a little bit of an advantage to LSU,” Cubelic said, when asked about the matchup with Florida. “Part of this is still very new. We’ve got a couple of games that we’ve seen it, a couple of games that they’ve really had to unleash it under what Joe Brady is doing. I think there’s still a little bit of a misconception nationally that this is something that they’ve added or this is something that they went in and just changed. No, they revamped their offense. This is a completely different deal. There obviously are some things there that they can do, want to do, but have not done yet. That’s advantage LSU, in my opinion.”

That said, expect Florida to attack LSU’s weaknesses.

“LSU’s had some issues at tackle this year,” Cubelic said. “Saahdiq Charles has rolled in and out of the left tackle position. If he’s in and he’s close to 100 percent, I think they’re okay there. But Austin Deculus has not been great for LSU at right tackle, and they have not been really good at picking up pressure in blitz packages. We know Todd Grantham, Florida defensive coordinator, is going to bring pressure and he’s going to be dialing it up all over the field.”

But will that be enough to lead Florida to victory?

“If you limit LSU, what are we talking about? Thirty-five points? Twenty-eight points?” Cubelic asked. “The LSU defense is pretty good too, so I don’t know how much confidence I have in Florida being able to go out and put up 30 or 38 to be able to beat that LSU team.”