Three takeaways from No. 5 LSU's victory against No. 7 Florida

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LSU's matchup against Florida on Saturday featured two explosive offenses and neither side disappointed.

The Tigers came out on top though, claiming a 42-28 victory at home.

Only one team could emerge from this contest undefeated, and LSU is proving it belongs among the cream of the crop.

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Here are three takeaways from LSU's win:

The Tigers' offense was extremely efficient

While both LSU and Florida ran up the score, the visiting Gators had a harder time doing so than the home team. Florida was a little slower to move the chains, as it racked up more than 38 minutes of possession to the Tigers' 21:41.

At one point toward the end of the third quarter LSU had scored 35 points on 34 plays. You can't get much more efficient than that. Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 21 of his 24 throws for 293 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers also totaled 218 rushing yards on 9.1 yards per carry.

LSU nearly averaged a first down for every pass and rush they recorded and only converted one third down in the contest. It's hard to compete with that.

Kyle Trask has continued to impress

Florida took a big hit when starting quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered a season-ending ankle injury last month, but Kyle Trask has proven to be an exceptional replacement. The junior QB followed up his impressive 24-13 win against Auburn with another quality performance.

Although Trask didn't have the best completion percentage (60.5) he made big throws throughout the night. He notched career highs in passing yards (310) and touchdowns (3). While he threw a costly fourth-quarter interception in the end zone, he kept the Gators competitive.

The loss hurts, but Florida is in good hands with Trask under center for the remainder of the year.

LSU got lots of production from a small group

Receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson combined for 250 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 17 receptions. Clyde Edwards-Helaire accounted for 134 of the Tigers' rushing yards on 13 carries. This trio produced 384 of LSU's 511 yards of offense.

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This concentration shows that LSU knows what it's confident in, and its balanced attack of 24 passes and 24 rushes was enough to power through a Florida defense that was depleted by the loss of two starting defensive ends.

The Tigers are sticking to what they know, and it's working wonders for them.

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