In the Huddle
 
 
By Jeff Martin The Daily Reveille

October 3, 2006

Baton Rouge, LA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- GAMEDAY TO GAINESVILLE

ESPN announced Sunday that it will televise its College Football GameDay show from Gainesville, Fla., at the site of the LSU-Florida contest.

ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will start the broadcast at 10 a.m. and preview the week's college football matchups, going in depth with LSU's game against Florida.

"I don't think it will be any more exciting to our players if no one shows up," Miles said. "We're looking forward to going to Florida and playing."

This game marks the first time in the 53-game series that both No. 9 LSU and No. 5 Florida are ranked in the top-10, and it is crucial in both teams' bids to win a championship.

This will also be the second time this season LSU will be involved in a matchup of top-10 teams, with the first being the Tigers' 7-3 loss to Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The game is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised on CBS.

MVPs

Every week LSU coach Les Miles and his staff compile the most valuable players in each aspect of the game.

The offense, defense and special teams MVPs are recognized with their pictures lining the halls of the LSU locker room in Tiger Stadium.

On offense, junior quarterback JaMarcus Russell was honored after a career game in which he went 18 of 20 for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns against Mississippi State University.

"He really is playing good football for us," Miles said.

Defensively, senior Chase Pittman took the award after recording two sacks against Mississippi State.

"We had a lot of production from Chase with his sacks and knock-downs," Miles said. "It was just a well-rounded game for him."

Harry Coleman was given the special teams award after Miles said the redshirt freshman helped set the game's tempo with his five tackles on kickoffs with two inside the 20.

The Southeastern Conference also named Russell the Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Russell set career-highs in yardage and completion percentage (90 percent) and also tied a school record with 14-straight completions against the Bulldogs.

INJURIES

After suffering an ankle injury, LSU junior offensive lineman Will Arnold is not expected to play Saturday against Florida.

"I'm not real confident that Will we be with us," Miles said. "He had a pretty major ankle injury."

Arnold is expected to be replaced in the lineup by sophomore Herman Johnson, who started this past game against Mississippi State in place of senior Brian Johnson.

Brian Johnson will return to action against Florida.

For the Florida Gators, starting tailback DeShawn Wynn is doubtful for Saturday's contest.

Wynn, who leads the team in rushing with 354 yards and three touchdowns, twisted his right knee this past Saturday against Alabama.

"They do not believe it's a tear," Florida coach Urban Meyer said in a news release. "They believe it's a sprain."

POLLS

LSU remained in the same positions it held last week in both polls but gained ground on the teams ahead of them.

The Tigers, who are ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, are eight points away from No. 8 Louisville.

In the USA Today poll, where the Tigers are ranked No. 10, they are one point away from No. 9 Georgia.

The Tigers are up one spot to No. 9 in the Harris Poll, which is part of the formula used to determine the Bowl Championship Series matchups.

Florida is ranked No. 5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls for the third-consecutive week after its win over Alabama.

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