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By the numbers: Tennessee had better not test LSU in the second half

If Tennessee stumbles down the stretch against LSU as the Vols did against Florida, things probably won’t turn out quite so swimmingly as they did against the Gators.

Why? LSU is a bonafide second half team, especially under quarterback Jayden Daniels. 

In ten second-half possessions this season, Daniels has led LSU to six touchdowns and a field goal. In the fourth quarter, Daniels has been even better. 

On drives that began in the fourth quarter, Daniels has led LSU to four touchdowns on four possessions. 

That should get Tennessee’s attention after leading Florida by 17 points with under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. That 38-21 lead didn’t last. The Vols gave up 12 consecutive points and needed to stave off a Hail Mary attempt by Florida to secure the win.

Whether Tennessee’s players were content with the 17-point lead or UT’s coaches mismanaged the clock against Florida, the Vols had better not put themselves in that position again, especially on the road in Tiger Stadium. The Vols’ vaunted offense needs to keep its foot on the gas to beat LSU.

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