There wasn’t much talk about the Florida-LSU rivalry from the Gators’ side Monday. No major smack talk, guarantees of victory or proclamations of how much the teams don’t like each other. The word “hurricane” was, thankfully, never mentioned.
The Tigers, apparently, were a little more talkative with local reporters in Baton Rouge.
“I don’t like them very much…” LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said Monday, according to The Advocate. “I know they don’t like us very much. That’s kind of been the talk around here, but you’re just going to have to keep your emotions in check in a game like this.”
So why doesn’t Burrow like the Gators?
“They did beat us pretty good last year,” Burrow said.
True. Florida’s 27-19 win over then-No. 5 LSU last October was the biggest win of Dan Mullen’s first season. Some other Tigers remember that, too, including defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko.
“After last year’s game, I forgot that quarterback’s name…” said Fehoko, who was thinking of Feleipe Franks. “He was running around, celebrating on the field like he won the Super Bowl.”
Franks’ absence as he recovers from a fractured/dislocated ankle will be one of the major differences from year’s matchup to this one. Another obvious change is the location. UF thrived on the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium home crowd last year. This time, the Gators will be playing in Death Valley, at night.
“Yeah, all those Cajuns are sure going to show up this Saturday,” Burrow said, “and I’m excited to see it.”