No. 1 LSU eager to test Gators' inexperienced QB

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Tyrann Mathieu is leaving little doubt about whether LSU's defense is salivating at the prospect of Florida fielding a first-time starting quarterback in Death Valley.

Mathieu says the LSU defense is licking its chops in anticipation that No. 17 Florida will start true freshman Jeff Driskel behind center on Saturday in place of injured senior John Brantley.

Florida coach Will Muschamp has not announced a starter, but has said Driskel, who was pressed into serviced during Florida's 38-10 loss to Alabama last week, is the most likely candidate.

No. 1 LSU (5-0, 2-0 SEC) is favored by about two touchdowns, a rarity in its annual rivalry game with Florida (4-1, 2-1). Historically, it's been one of the toughest games on the Tigers' schedule.