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Instant analysis: Florida-LSU

Originally Published: October 6, 2007
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN.com

BATON ROUGE, LA. -- Here's a quick look at how No. 9 Florida grabbed a 17-7 halftime lead over No. 1 LSU:

FIRST-HALF ANALYSIS

Turning point: Tim Tebow's scamper on third-and-9 at the LSU 9. The Tigers had just snuffed out a Florida option play to Percy Harvin and pounded Tebow in the process. It would have been a nice red zone stand for LSU, but Tebow scrambled up the middle for a TD to quiet the crowd and give the Gators a 17-7 lead.

Best player in the half: Tebow. The sophomore wasn't flawless, but he made almost every play when the Gators needed one.

Best call: Les Miles' decision to go for it on fourth-and-goal at the 1. LSU scored on a Ryan Perrilloux option keeper.

Three things Florida needs to do:
1. The Gators need to stay focused and avoid the stupid penalties that have plagued them in recent weeks.
2. Florida needs to be wary of the middle of the field, where LSU has had some open receivers.
3. The Gators have to protect Tebow better so he doesn't take as many shots or surrender the big momentum-changing turnover.

Three things LSU needs to do:
1. The Tigers need Brandon LaFell to stop dropping passes.
2. LSU's vaunted defense needs to do a better job of containing Tebow, who has rushed for 44 yards and thrown for another 89.
3. The Tigers needs to get the running game going.

Check back after the game for the final analysis.

Bruce Feldman covers college football and men's college basketball for ESPN.com.