LSU vs. Florida brings wealth of storylines, animosity, significance

Could Saturday’s matchup with Florida have been any more heavily anticipated a month ago, considering the Gators may have been considered the least threatening opponent remaining on LSU’s schedule at the time?

Leonard Fournette Derrius Guice

LSU running backs Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice chat during pregame warmups for the Tigers’ eventual rout of Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

The rivalry always bears its share of intensity and talk — whether in the lead-up to games or the offseason. But the public squabbles over the eventual postponement of a contest originally scheduled for Oct. 8, controversial photographs with a cat skeleton and a recently unleashed blunt swagger from the Tigers’ players have heaped gallons of fuel upon that fire.

All for a game that has plenty of storylines, regardless of all that talk.

Saturday will mark the final game in Tiger Stadium for seniors such as Kendell Beckwith, Tre’Davious White and Lewis Neal, as well as likely some juniors such as Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Davon Godchaux — although Fournette drew headlines this week he might consider otherwise.

Fans will also get another look at the dynamic backfield duo of Fournette and Derrius Guice that has made its case as arguably the nation’s best with a 350-yard onslaught at Arkansas.

All that, plus Ed Orgeron and LSU can continue to make their cases for a permanent head coaching position and a Sugar Bowl invitation, respectively.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements dive into all those and other topics in the podcast below.

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Jerit Roser can be reached at Jerit@DatBoot.com.



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