Though they’re not exactly rivals, LSU and Florida play every year. Almost all of their games carry high stakes and they’re usually close, and so given those circumstances it’s almost impossible not to build up some ill will toward the other team.
Joe Burrow, who didn’t sign with LSU out of high school but became a Tiger as fast as he could, summed it up nicely.
“Everyone says LSU a lot of different rivals,” Burrow told Tiger Details. “We have a trophy (the Golden Boot) with Arkansas, Florida is a rival, Ole Miss is supposedly a rival, Alabama. . .this (Florida) is supposedly the biggest one.
“I don’t like them very much. I know they don’t like us very much. . .they beat us pretty good last year.”
Saturday’s game figures to a vintage Gator-Tiger game. Florida rolls into Baton Rouge undefeated and ranked seventh, LSU is unbeaten and ranked fifth. GameDay will be there in the morning and the sun will have found its home in the Western sky by the time the game kicks off at 7 p.m. local time.
To, uh, celebrate the past LSU-Florida games, LSU’s social media folks dug up all the times the Tigers’ special teams tricked Florida. And, Lord, there sure are a lot of examples to choose from.
It's going to be a special night in Tiger Stadium 😏 pic.twitter.com/3SLTEECIZU
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 9, 2019
A word of advice to Dan Mullen: If LSU lines up for a field goal on Saturday night, go ahead and leave your defense on the field. You won’t regret it.