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    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Gator Tales 187: Clash in Baton Rouge, Trevon Grimes 1-on-1
    UAA Communications
    The seventh-ranked Gators invade Baton Rouge on Saturday for another top-10 matchup. We tackle the game from various angles and Gators receiver Trevon Grimes goes 1-on-1 with host Adam Schick in our latest podcast.
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators faced their biggest challenge of the season last weekend, and thanks in large part to a smothering defense and a deafening crowd, the Orange and Blue likely gave oddsmakers pause about labeling them a home underdog again in the future.

    On this week's show, host Adam Schick welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry to discuss the triumph in "The Swamp" (1:45), the rising expectations for this season (6:51), the stars of Florida's HBO debut (13:38), how the LSU rivalry has been amplified in recent years (17:50), keys to the matchup in Death Valley (24:02) and the best stadium nicknames in the PAT (27:39).

    Then, junior wide receiver Trevon Grimes joins us to discuss his split hometown loyalties, learning from the best of the best and the comradery in the Gators' wide receiver room (31:36).
    Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.
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    UF at LSU: Gators avoiding bulletin-board material
    In the football program’s 113 seasons, the Florida Gators have counted just a handful of opponents as rivals.
    Yet it’s UF’s most recent rivalry match-up that seems to be the most hostile as of late.
    When it comes to the University of Florida and Louisiana State University, there is no love lost.
    The Tigers made that known Monday night.

    “I don’t like them very much, I know they don’t like us very much,” Tigers starting quarterback Joe Burrow said. “That’s kind of been the talk around here. You just have to keep your emotions in check with a game like this.”

    Burrow, considered a Heisman Trophy frontrunner midway through the season, is far from the only Tiger who harbors some resentment toward the Gators — especially with the way Florida emerged victorious last season in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
    And the post-game celebration? The Tigers didn’t take too kindly to that, too.
    “After last year’s game, I forgot that quarterback’s name, whatever, I don’t know his name, he was celebrating and running around like he won the Super Bowl,” Tigers defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko said of Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks, who is out for the season after having surgery on his dislocated ankle. “I don’t know if he’s playing this week. I hope he does. I look forward to getting after him.”

    And Gators starting center Nick Buchanan, possibly looking to avoid presenting the opposition with any bulletin-board material, said the intensity on the field is simply the result of two evenly matched opponents.

    “I’d say probably in terms of intensity, in terms of, like, evenness, that’s probably been the most even rivalry that I’ve experienced since I’ve been here. A lot of the other games have been lopsided, either in our favor or not, but I feel as though all the games that since I’ve been a part of this team against LSU have come down to a couple plays in the fourth quarter,” Buchanan said. “I wouldn’t say bad blood — it’s big competition, because like I said before, it’s probably been the most even of the rivalry games that we have since I was a part of Florida. So it’s more good healthy competition than anything, I would think.”

    “They’re playing with us right now,” linebacker Jeremiah Moon said with a smile. “But after the game, we’re going to see.”
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    SEC Midseason Awards: Stage set for showdowns
    By STEVE MEGARGEE and JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writers
    Florida and LSU appear poised to mount serious challenges in their respective Southeastern Conference divisions and two of the nation’s best offenses reside in the SEC West.

    The stage is set for upcoming showdowns, a heated chase to the championship game and perhaps even a shootout or two in the SEC. No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia won their divisions last year and still look like national title contenders. No. 5 LSU and No. 7 Florida — even with an injury to quarterback Feleipe Franks — also remain unbeaten.

    The Associated Press writers covering the SEC voted on the best — and worst — of the league so far. Here are some of the standout teams and players with the second half of the season approaching:

    COACH OF THE FIRST HALF
    Ed Orgeron, LSU:
    His offensive overhaul with the hiring of passing game coordinator Joe Brady has helped the Tigers become a legit national title contender. They lead the nation in scoring with 54.6 points per game. The only time they exceeded 45 points last year was in a seven-overtime marathon against Texas A&M. Also receiving votes: Dan Mullen, Florida; Gus Malzahn, Auburn.

    DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE FIRST HALF
    Jon Greenard , LB, Florida
    . Greenard has helped spearhead a strong defense and harass opposing quarterbacks. He has four sacks among his 26 tackles along with a forced fumble, an interception and three pass deflections. Also receiving votes: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn; David Reese, LB, Florida.
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    Greenard Receives Bednarik Award Watch List Recognition

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    Jonathan Greenard added to Bednarik Award Watch List upon his performance thus far for the Gators.
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Maxwell Football Club today announced the expansion of its 2019 Watch Lists for both the 83rd Maxwell Award and the 25th Chuck Bednarik Award, as Florida's Jonathan Greenard was added to the Bednarik Award Watch List upon his defensive performance thus far on the 2019 season.

    The original lists were comprised of players selected based on their 2018 performances, though, the Club believes several additional players warrant attention because of their noteworthy play as the 2019 season has progressed. Greenard is one of 11 players to be added to the Bednarik Award Watch List.
    Greenard has proved to be one of the most noteworthy defensive players in the nation this season, as the Louisville transfer has done wonders for the Gators' defense in his time wearing the blue and orange. Since the addition of Greenard this season, the Gators currently rank first in the nation in red zone defense (35.7%) and are fifth-nationally in scoring defense (9.5 points) and team sacks (26.0).

    A native of Hiram, Ga., Greenard matched a season-high six tackles, a feat he's recorded three times this season, and three QB hurries in Florida's 24-13 win over Auburn on Saturday. Greenard was an integral part of a Florida defense that held Auburn to season-lows in points (13), rushing yards (124) and total yards (269), while only allowing the Tigers to convert two of their 14 third downs (14.3%) for the game. He leads the Gators in tackles for losses, with 6.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards, and sacks, with 4.0 sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while placing second on the team in tackles (28).

    Greenard Receives Bednarik Award Watch List Recognition - Florida Gators
     
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    Advocate Sports:
    Inside LSU practice battles between corner Derek Stingley Jr. & wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase


    Derek Stingley Jr. and Ja'Marr Chase have become some of the best players at their positions in college football, and when they face each other during LSU’s practices, teammates think they see two future first-round NFL draft picks.
    Inside LSU practice battles between corner Derek Stingley Jr. & wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase

    LSU vs. Florida: Here's timing for ESPN's College GameDay, walk down 'Victory Hill,' more
    The LSU-Florida game is shaping up to be the biggest of the season thus far: a top 10 matchup between LSU's striking offense and Florida's rising defense.
    LSU vs. Florida: Here's timing for ESPN's College GameDay, walk down 'Victory Hill,' more

    Mailbag: LSU football beat reporter Brooks Kubena answers your LSU-Florida questions
    Welcome to 'Buzzing Brooks,' our weekly mailbag to answer your questions about LSU's upcoming football game.
    Mailbag: LSU football beat reporter Brooks Kubena answers your LSU-Florida questions


    Inside the (betting) line: LSU is a two-score favorite over Florida; Is that reasonable?
    No game between LSU and Florida has been decided by more than a single score since 2013, when the Tigers beat the Gators 17-6 in Baton Rouge.
    Inside the (betting) line: LSU is a two-score favorite over Florida; Is that reasonable?
     
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    Florida Gators, FSU football facing their own Death Valley

    How does Clemson’s Death Valley compare to the one at LSU?
    Florida Gators, FSU football facing their own Death Valley

    Fla Times Union Sports
    Gene Frenette: Mullen's big-game preparation gives Gators a reason to believe

    The seventh-ranked Florida Gators are a 13-point underdog Saturday against No. 5 LSU, so they need a lot of things to go right to pull off the upset. The way UF has played better than the sum of its parts in big games under Dan Mullen is a reason for optimism.
    Gene Frenette: Mullen's big-game preparation gives Gators a reason to believe
     
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    Florida vs. LSU odds, prediction, betting trends for 'College GameDay' game of the week
    Written By Bill BenderThe Sporting News
    @BillBender92
    No. 7 Florida (6-0) and No. 5 LSU (5-0) meet in another top-10 showdown for the SEC, and this one will be at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
    LSU brings in the nation's top-scoring offense, at 54.6 points per game. The hire of Saints passing coordinator Joe Brady has been the talk of the season, and quarterback Joe Burrow has 1,864 yards, 22 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Tigers can add another quality win to an impressive resume.
    Three trends to know
    — The last seven meetings between the Gators and Tigers have been decided by nine points or fewer. LSU routed Florida 41-11 at Tiger Stadium in the last blowout in 2008.

    — LSU is 8-4 against the spread against ranked opponents since Ed Orgeron took over as head coach in 2017. The Tigers, however, are 6-6-1 against the spread as a home favorite in that same stretch.

    — Florida is 4-1 against the spread as an underdog and 4-1 against the spread against ranked opponents under Dan Mullen, and that includes last week's outright upset against Auburn.

    Florida vs. LSU odds, prediction, betting trends for 'College GameDay' game of the week


    LSU vs. Florida Fearless Prediction, Game Preview
    College Football News By: Pete Fiutak
    LSU (5-0) vs. Florida (6-0) Game Preview
    Why Florida Will Win
    The pressure is all on the other side of the field.
    That might not be entirely true, but realistically, all Florida had to do was get a split between the West showdowns against Auburn and LSU, and it got one. It’s almost certainly going to have to beat Georgia no matter what to get to the SEC Championship, and now it has the buffer.
    When it comes to the SEC title and a possible run to the College Football Playoff, it’s playing with about as much house money right now as an SEC team in its position can have.

    Oh yeah, and LSU hasn’t played a defense yet this year.
    This whole Joe Burrow-mania thing has been fun and all, but he and the LSU passing game are ripping through some giant bags of whatever – and that includes the banged up and generally absent Texas secondary.

    Why LSU Will Win
    Is Kyle Trask okay?
    The Gator quarterback got through the Auburn game alive, but he suffered a slight knee injury along the way. He threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns with no picks, but he had a big, BIG problem with fumbles. Not exactly the most mobile of cats to begin with, no the LSU defensive front that’s okay at getting to the quarterback can pin its ears back.

    Offensively, Burrow might have a few more problems than normal against a real, live secondary, but as long as he’s moving the chains, the Tiger offense will be doing its job.
    LSU has been killing everyone on home runs – it has the receivers to do that with there top eight targets all averaging over 13 yards per catch – but this week his game will have to be about taking what the Gators give him. This is where his experience has to come into play, and it should.
    LSU vs. Florida Fearless Prediction, Game Preview
     
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    UF football

    A spotlight they plan to stay in

    No. 7 Gators are back in national conversation heading to No. 5 LSU
    By Edgar Thompson Sentinel
    GAINESVILLE – The national spotlight has been warm and welcoming for the Florida Gators.
    “It feels good,” UF senior receiver Tyrie Cleveland said.
    It should.

    Two years since one of the nation’s blue-blood programs was in disarray and all but forgotten, No. 7 UF has worked its way back into the top 10 under coach Dan Mullen, become an ESPN College GameDay regular and is unbeaten at the season’s midpoint entering an SEC showdown Saturday night at No. 5 LSU.

    “I think it just says a lot about how much everybody buys into coach Mullen’s philosophy,” redshirt junior linebacker Jeremiah Moon said.
    Yet, many still question the staying power of Mullen’s squad.
    The ultra-resilient Gators (6-0, 3-0 SEC) are a 13.5-point underdog against the high-octane Tigers (5-0, 1-0).

    UF has overcome the loss of starting quarterback Feleipe Franks, weathered key injuries on defense and rose to the occasion during the fourth quarter in wins against Miami, Kentucky and Auburn despite a shaky offensive line and a sputtering run game.
    Mullen sees his team’s warts, but he also recognizes its talent and fight as it prepares to face a Tigers offense that averages 54.6 points per game and has embarrassed all comers.
    “I mean, we’ll see,” he said of Saturday’s outcome. “We have some good players, too.”
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    From the Advocate Sports Desk:
    Rabalais: LSU, Joe Burrow and his Heisman candidacy face a big-time test against Florida
    They're bringing back LSU’s three national championship quarterbacks — Warren Rabb, Matt Mauck and Matt Flynn — to serve as honorary game captains this week. A championship garnish on top of the Thanksgiving bounty that is this classic Saturday ni…
    Rabalais: LSU, Joe Burrow and his Heisman candidacy face a big-time test against Florida

    How can LSU beat Florida? Keys to game include offensive line, finding Freddie Swain
    Saturday night inside Tiger Stadium, No. 5 LSU begins the most difficult portion of its schedule against No. 7 Florida. These are staff writer Wilson Alexander's keys to the game for LSU.
    How can LSU beat Florida? Keys to game include offensive line, finding Freddie Swain

    LSU vs. Florida four numbers to know: Clyde Edwards-Helaire adds name to 1,000-yard rushing list
    Four key facts to know as No. 5-ranked LSU hosts No. 7 Florida on Saturday night …
    LSU vs. Florida four numbers to know: Clyde Edwards-Helaire adds name to 1,000-yard rushing list

    Around the SEC: Fall temps are on the way, which means almost a full slate of conference games
    Fall-like temperatures that are expected to arrive — at long last — in the Capital City on Saturday coincide, appropriately enough, with the exact midpoint of the college football regular season. After this weekend, seven weeks will be in the book…
    Around the SEC: Fall temps are on the way, which means almost a full slate of conference games
     
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    FSU football

    Taggart sees team ready to face Clemson

    Game could show how close FSU is to getting back to the top of the ACC

    By Chaunte’l Powell Sentinel
    TALLAHASSEE — Year 2 of the Willie Taggart era has been focused on changing the culture at Florida State in order to get back to the program’s winning ways. Saturday’s game at Clemson could help show just how close the school is to getting back to the top of the ACC.

    Last year’s meeting at Doak Campbell Stadium saw the then-No. 2 Tigers administer a 59-10 beatdown during which Taggart said he felt some players quit on the team. The loss tied for the largest in program history, with the Seminoles giving up more than 500 yards.

    This year, while the Seminoles (3-2, 2-1 ACC) are 24-point underdogs to the No. 2 Tigers (5-0, 3-0 ACC), Taggart said he sees a different FSU team about to hit the field.

    “I’m just really pleased with how our guys are just growing. They’re growing up. Our young football team is growing up and understanding what it’s gonna take to win ball games,” he said. “We talked to our guys on Sunday and went back to last year’s game on why the game turned out the way that it did. We didn’t play winning football. Those are things that we stressed about this season. What it’s going to take, we didn’t do that last year. We know that’s so important to be able to do it. We can’t turn the football over, and we got to get some takeaways and got to stop the run. We can’t give up as many explosive plays as we did before. It’s all part of winning. We got to do it for 60 minutes at their place.”
    Taggart sees team ready to face Clemson

    UM football

    New outlook

    More mature Perry eager to prove himself as the Hurricanes’ starter vs. UVa.

    By David Furones Sentinel
    CORAL GABLES — It sure seems these days as if N’Kosi Perry has matured significantly from the Miami Hurricanes quarterback who was in constant heat for his social media posts last season.
    Let’s start with the preseason. The redshirt sophomore lost out on UM’s starting quarterback competition, but it didn’t affect his week-to-week preparation and he kept his focus. When starter Jarren Williams threw interceptions on each of Miami’s first three possessions against Virginia Tech, Perry capably stepped in and never looked back.

    Perry threw for a career-high 422 yards and four touchdowns in relief, rallying the Hurricanes from a 28-0 deficit to tie the game at 35-35 before Virginia Tech scored the game-winner. He was asked following the game whether he should be the starter when UM faces No. 20 Virginia on Friday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

    “I’m just going to prepare the same way every week, as if I am the starter,” Perry replied. “That’s my mindset before, and I’m going to continue to have the same mindset just in case. You never know what can happen.”

    Those answers and that preparedness doesn’t resemble the same Perry that posted a sexually-explicit video on his Snapchat account last season or a clip of himself flaunting wads of cash.
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    Miami HeralD
    Back to the future for N’Kosi Perry, who hopes that future will look brighter after Friday
    The big question: Will Perry be able to handle the disguises and intricacies of the Virginia defense? He admittedly couldn’t last year.
    Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/acc/university-of-miami/#storylink=cpy

    Games to watch

    By Matt MurschelOrlando Sentinel

    No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) vs.
    No. 11 Texas (4-1, 2-0)
    Noon Saturday, FOX
    Oklahoma and Texas renew their Red River Rivalry with both teams ranked in the top 20 for the third consecutive meeting. These two programs split a pair of games last season. The Sooners lost to
    the Longhorns in October 2018, then beat Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game. Five of the last six games in the series have been decided by seven or fewer points.

    No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC)at No. 24 Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1)
    3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS
    Alabama has won six straight in this series. The Crimson Tide is ranked in the top three in the nation in total offense, scoring offense, passing offense, team passing efficiency and turnover margin. The Aggies are one of the top teams in third-down defense, allowing opponents to convert 29% of the time. Alabama struggled to convert on third downs in its last three losses: Clemson in 2016 and ’18 and Auburn in ’17

    No. 7 Florida (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 5 LSU (5-0, 1-0)
    8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN
    LSU has the top scoring offense in the country, with the Tigers averaging more than 54 points per game this season. They also have the second best passing offense led by quarterback
    Joe Burrow, who ranks second nationally with 22 touchdown passes. Florida leads the nation with 12 interceptions, earning multiple picks during four straight games. The Gators have won two out of the last three games in this series.
    Games to watch


    NOTES

    Swinney: Lawrence not injured

    News services / Sentinel

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney passionately defended the health of quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Wednesday night, stating that any throws his star quarterback has missed through five games had nothing to do with a potential shoulder injury.

    “There ain’t nothing wrong with Trevor. Nothing,” Swinney said. “If he missed a throw it’s because he missed a throw. Period. If he made a mental mistake he made a mental mistake. He’s not hurt. There’s nothing wrong with him . All these people just need to relax. He’s a human.”
    Swinney was asked if he could confirm Lawrence had an MRI on his shoulder following the Texas A&M game, a day after TigerIllustrated reported Lawrence suffered a bruised shoulder against the Aggies and underwent an MRI.
    Swinney seemed particularly annoyed that a reporter texted him Tuesday night asking him about the report.
    “I’m not confirming any of that, and I don’t want anybody texting me anymore. I had a media guy text me the other night. That’s private information,” Swinney said. “If I want anybody to know our medical stuff, I’ll tell you. We’ll put it on the injury report. But people texting me on my phone to ask me information that’s not public, information that I wouldn’t put out, unless it was something that needed to be put out. That’s bad business. That’s not how we do things.”
    Swinney: Lawrence not injured



    Defense dominates

    Contenders for title in Big Ten among nation’s top units

    By Noah Trister Associated Press
    This is not an easy year to be an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten.
    Brad Salem, who fills that role for Michigan State, had to face one of the nation’s top defenses last week against Ohio State. This week, he has a similar challenge against Wisconsin.

    “They’re both very good defenses, top in the country, and so there’ll be a physicality to them, like there always has been,” Salem said. “You see the intensity and how they play, and stat-wise, they’re leaders in the country in almost every category.”

    It’s not just Ohio State and Wisconsin. The top four teams in the FBS in scoring defense are all from the Big Ten, with Penn State and Iowa in that group along with the Badgers and Buckeyes. Move over to the yards-based total defense stat, and those same teams occupy four of the top five spots.

    Yes, those stats can be skewed by easy schedules, but advanced metrics tell a similar story. In the SP+ stat published at ESPN.com — which adjusts for tempo and opponent — Ohio State has the No. 3 defense in the country, Wisconsin is No. 4 and Iowa is No. 9. And the defenses at Michigan (No. 2), Michigan State (No. 6) and Northwestern (No. 8) are also highly regarded by SP+.
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    Dooley Noted: Florida at LSU is going to be epic
    By Gatorsports Gvl Sun
    Pat looks ahead to the Gators’ rivalry game against LSU on Saturday in Death Valley and interviews Scott Rabalais, a sports columnist and sports writer for The Advocate in Baton Rouge.
    Podcast breakdown:

    05:25 — Auburn was a physical game. This game will be a mental one.
    08:04 — Concerned about Kyle Trask against LSU.
    11:15 — One big key to the game for Florida — no turnovers.
    17:20 — This has been a genuine rivalry (and why are Tigers fans so ornery?)
    24:12 — Scott Rabalais: “It’s gonna be epic.”
    35:45 — Other college football
    46:08 — Three Things
    Dooley Noted: Florida at LSU is going to be epic - GatorSports.com

    Swampcast: Florida Ready for LSU
    By Gvl Sun Gatorsports
    Pat Dooley and Robbie Andreu talk about the Florida Gators upcoming game against LSU.
    Swampcast: Florida Ready for LSU - GatorSports.com





    [​IMG]@NickdelaTorreGC from @GatorCountry.com visited to talk about Florida-LSU

    The Blackout - Belly Up Sports - w/ Host Thomas Black
     
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    LSU Football 10/11/2019 12:11:00 PM Cody Worsham | Digital Media Reporter
    Preview: Tigers Ready for Top-10 Home Battle with Florida
    Off to a 5-0 start for the second straight season, No. 5 LSU is set for a Saturday night matchup of undefeated, top-10 SEC rivals as No. 7 Florida comes to Baton Rouge for the first time since 2016.
    "7:00 Saturday night, Tiger Stadium, LSU-Florida," says head coach Ed Orgeron. "It doesn't get much better than that. It's going to be a wonderful night for the LSU family of Tigers."

    The Tigers will look to avenge a 27-19 defeat in Gainesville last year, which was the second straight contest between the cross-divisional rivals played in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after Hurricane Matthew caused a relocation of the 2016 contest. LSU's last home win over Florida came in 2015, a 35-28 victory in another matchup of top-10 teams.

    The last time out, LSU rolled past Utah State in a 42-6 win that showcased the Tigers' strength on both sides of the ball. The offense picked up more than 600 yards of offense and kept the ball for 42 minutes of play, while the defense held the nation's ninth-ranked attack to 160 yards and no touchdowns, while also intercepting three passes.

    Quarterback Joe Burrow continued his race for the Heisman Trophy. He enters this matchup against an excellent Florida defense ranked first nationally in completion percentage (78.4%), second in yards per game (372.8) and touchdowns (22), and third in passer efficiency (216.2).
    At receiver, the Tigers are getting elite production from Justin Jefferson (109.4 yards per game, 7 touchdowns) and Ja'Marr Chase (112.8 yards per game, 6 touchdowns), who lead the SEC in receiving yards per game.
    Preview: Tigers Ready for Top-10 Home Battle with Florida - LSU Tigers
     
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    The Opening Kickoff: Florida at LSU
    Scott Carter / UF Senior Writer
    For the sixth time since 2006, Florida and LSU square off as top-10 foes in a key Southeastern Conference showdown at Tiger Stadium.
    Broadcast Information | Game Day Initiatives | Game Notes
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- The script has flipped. A week ago, as the Gators stormed out of their locker room to a thunderous roar, Auburn trudged onto Florida Field under a chorus of boos.
    Right from the start, the 12th man made its appearance known and for the rest of Florida's 24-13 victory, the Tigers often stumbled under duress at critical moments, most notably an interception late in the third quarter that freshman Bo Nix threw directly to Florida safety Donovan Stiner in the end zone, preserving a four-point lead for the Gators.

    This time, No. 7 Florida (6-0, 3-0) is the villain on Saturday night in Death Valley for its Southeastern Conference clash against No. 5 LSU (5-0, 1-0). Besides small patches of visitors around Tiger Stadium, the majority of the 102,000 fans will want nothing more than for the Gators to limp home in humiliation.

    "We play in tough road, hostile environments, this is a big one,'' Gators head coach Dan Mullen said Thursday night on his radio show. "It gets loud. This is one of the loudest stadiums in the country."

    This is Mullen's first visit to LSU with the Gators since a 28-24 loss in 2007 when he was offensive coordinator. However, in his nine seasons as head coach at Mississippi State, Mullen took the Bulldogs to Baton Rouge four times and won 34-29 in a night game in 2014.
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    Gators hope Dan Mullen’s scheme will give them an edge in top-10 matchup with LSU

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    Relying on man with a big plan

    Gators hope Mullen’s scheme will give them an edge against Tigers
    By Edgar Thompson
    Sentinel

    GAINESVILLE — Florida is a 13 1/2-point underdog heading to LSU, as if coach Dan Mullen’s team needed any more motivation.
    An upset win against the No. 5 Tigers (5-0, 1-0 SEC) could be a program changer for the No. 7 Gators (6-0, 3-0).

    High-stakes games like these have been few and far between for UF this decade. The last time the Gators were involved in consecutive games when both teams were ranked in the top 10 was the end of the 2009 season.

    You’d have to go back to 1994 to find the last time UF faced the scenario in consecutive weeks.
    The Gators will have to play their best game of the season to capitalize on this rare opportunity.
    Here are three things to watch as the Gators seek their most significant win in two seasons under Mullen.

    1. Mullen’s game plan
    Mullen’s acumen with Xs and Os allows him to tailor his offense to his opponent.

    Assuming Auburn’s fearsome defensive front would have its way with UF’s struggling offensive line, Mullen eschewed the vertical passing game and unleashed slot receiver Freddie Swain and tight end Kyle Pitts on the Tigers. The two combined for 211 of the team’s 266 passing yards.

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    Dooley: Florida’s latest wins in series fuel LSU’s heat
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    Maybe I am dumb enough to think that time heals wounds and bygones become bygones and every other bad cliche in the book.
    But I thought it was over.
    I thought it was back to normal.
    Intense, but normal.
    I guess I was wrong. Or was I?

    LSU’s football players peppered the media with mean-spirited comments early this week when talking about Florida.
    “It’s just bad blood colliding,” said linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson.
    Hmm, maybe it’s just indigestion from that crawfish gumbo.
    “I don’t like them very much,” said quarterback Joe Burrow.
    Hmm, that wouldn’t be because of the pick-six you threw last year to lose the game, would it Mr. Burrow?

    Now on the Florida side it has been pretty mild. Maybe it’s because the Gators are two-touchdown underdogs tonight. Maybe they were too tired from last week to flap their gums.
    Dooley: Florida's latest wins in series fuel LSU's heat - GatorSports.com