BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Historical rivals LSU and Florida are finally ready to line up — and still with a lot on the line — albeit in a different place and some six weeks after they were supposed to meet before Hurricane Matthew blew ashore in early October.

Whether either team’s offense shows up is another matter. The No. 16 Tigers and 21st-ranked Gators field two of the more suffocating defenses in the Southeastern Conference.

“Their defense is one of the best in the country,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said of the Gators, calling Florida’s Jeff Collins a “dynamic defensive coordinator.”

“They pressure the quarterback, and they have a lot of speed,” Orgeron said.

Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC), which can win the SEC East Division with a victory on Saturday, enters the game leading the league in pass defense, allowing 155.1 yards per game, and ranks second in total defense (266.8 yards allowed per game). In question, however, is whether the unit has the depth to hold up in Death Valley with at least four defensive starters expected to miss the game with injuries .

LSU (6-3, 4-2), which could get a Sugar Bowl bid by winning its last two games, has allowed just 10 touchdowns all season, fewest in the nation, and never more than two TDs in a single game.

Only two weeks ago, the Tigers allowed just 10 points to a No. 1 Alabama squad which has averaged 44.7 points in its nine other games.

When asked this week if he was eager to prove which team has the best defense, LSU defensive end Arden Key answered, “I feel like we’ve already proved it.”

Both teams call themselves “DBU,” because of the NFL prospects they have annually in their respective defensive backfields. Florida’s 12 interceptions —

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