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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?

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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.

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Ole Miss provides LSU, Ed Orgeron a much-needed measuring stick | Podcast

Ed Orgeron motivates LSU defensive line

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron encourages the Tigers’ defensive linemen prior to their 45-10 victory against Southern Miss. (Jerit Roser)

LSU, particularly offensively, has looked revitalized under interim coach Ed Orgeron, to say the least.

But the Missouri and Southern Miss squads on which the Tigers have hung a combined 87 points are a far cry from the five opponents that await during the next six weeks.

And No. 23 Ole Miss (3-3) figures to provide No. 25 LSU its biggest measuring stick thus far this season — a couple weeks later than anticipated because of the postponement of the Florida matchup until Nov. 19.

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss some keys and expectations for this week’s game in the podcast below, as well as a peek ahead to the brutal November stretch of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks and some takeaways from highly regarded prospect Dylan Moses’ visit to Baton Rouge this past week.

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