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Saturday Selections: Florida-LSU thread

Greetings from Bayou Country. 

How's ya momma and dem?

Tiger

The Gators and Tigers square off in a pivitoal SEC showdown later this afternoon (3:30 p.m, ET; CBS)

ICYMI: The No. 17 Gators motivated for revenge after getting destroyed here two years ago.

A tease...

GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s last visit to Death Valley became the ultimate Judgment Day on the team’s 2011 season.

Two years ago, the Gators — fresh off a 38-10 beatdown by Alabama in The Swamp — limped into Baton Rouge, La., without their starting quarterback and were humiliated 41-11 by top-ranked LSU.

It was Florida’s worst loss in 16 seasons.

“It was definitely a low point in most of our careers here,” senior safety Jaylen Watkins said. “It was definitely a bad taste in our mouth.”

But the No. 17 Gators (4-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) believe Saturday’s trip to Tiger Stadium at 3:30 p.m. will be different this time around.

“It’s a very tough place to play. We have a bad taste in there from the loss and just how rowdy their fans are,” Watkins continued. “But that’s the game of football. We get a chance to go back and try to redeem ourselves, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Many Florida players — and coach Will Muschamp — are using the 30-point loss as motivation — despite actually upsetting LSU 14-6 at home just last season.

PICKS 

3-3 last week. Pedestrian, again. I'm sorry. 

Scoreboard: 20-14-1 ATS, 1-4 selecting Florida games

This week's six-pack:

Okalahoma (-13.5) vs. Texas

Baylor (-17) at Kansas State

Michigan (-3) at Penn State

Alabama (-22) at Kentucky

Ole Miss (+9.5) vs. Texas A&M

I'll have more tidbits closer to kickoff, but for now, enjoy the early games. 
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