Last season, Florida entered October with an identical 4-0 record before losing the next four.
Starting quarterback John Brantley was injured against Alabama on Oct. 1, 2011, and true freshman Jeff Driskel went in as his replacement. Driskel struggled and he also suffered an injury in that game, which prevented him from suiting up the next week at LSU. The Gators started freshman Jacoby Brissett and lost to the Tigers 41-11.
But now Driskel is healthy and leading the Florida offense, and he said Monday that this year's matchup with LSU is going to different.
"Going in last year we definitely felt like we had a shot, as well. We didn’t go in last year saying, hopefully we don’t lose by 20 or we’ll try to keep it close," he said. "We go into every game thinking we have a shot and knowing we have a shot. But this year we’re definitely confident.
"It will be a lot closer, that’s for sure. It won’t be like last year."
Driskel also said a win this year is much more realistic than it was last year.
"We’re a confident team," he said. "We’ve gotten better each and every game, and we’re going to do the same this week. We got a week off, so we got to rest our bodies. And we got a couple extra days to prepare for LSU. We’ll be ready to go."
Florida and LSU meet at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.