Greetings from Bayou Country.
How's ya momma and dem?
The Gators and Tigers square off in a pivitoal SEC showdown later this afternoon (3:30 p.m, ET; CBS)
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.
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