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GameDay Primer: Florida Gators at LSU Tigers

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Football will be played today. 

I think. 

After a chaotic week full of off-the-field storylines (Will Grier, Steve Spurrier, Deiondre Porter), the eighth-ranked Gators will traverse into the jungle and try to win under the lights in Death Valley. 

Since Les Miles became LSU’s coach in 2005, the sixth-ranked Tigers have lost just four night games at home.  

Florida is undefeated and the Jim McElwain era is off to a roaring start, but the season has also been a soap opera. 

A quick rundown thus far: 

Suspensions in the opener. The Kelvin Taylor throat slash incident. Suspensions against Tennessee. Roughly 21 players battling the flu before Ole Miss. Grier and Porter suspensions this week. 

Again, a soap opera. 

McElwain has proven a master motivator though, instilling Florida with an “us against the world” mentality all year. The Gators have thrived on the chaos, but how much is too much?

We’ll find out tonight.  

“Improvise, adjust, adapt, overcome,” McElwain said.  

“And these guys have been pretty resilient so far and now we get an opportunity to see how much we've learned. … Let’s talk about chaos and distractions, playing in Tiger Stadium in a night game, there’s a lot of it going on. So, I think the important thing is eliminate the clutter, take care of yourself, do your job and let’s go focus and have a good time doing it.”

LSU will face a backup quarterback for the fourth-straight week (Syracuse, EMU, South Carolina), and while Treon Harris isn’t an ordinary backup, it is another quarterback issue for UF against LSU.  

WHERE: Tiger Stadium

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WATCH: ESPN

LINE: LSU -7 

THREE QUESTIONS

1. Despite shaky special teams, can UF win the field position battle?

2. How will Florida respond without Grier?

3. Who is the real #DBU - LSU or UF? 

LINKS - UF at LSU

UF braces for LSU’s Leonard Fournette

The Gators turn to Treon Harris

McElwain likes team’s focus despite distractions

Will Grier is not practicing with the team

McElwain has confidence in struggling kicking game

Deiondre Porter arrested 

Gators reflect on Steve Spurrier’s resignation 

Coaches, colleagues and players pay tribute to the HBC

Report: College football icon Steve Spurrier to retire

UF gets good news on injury front  

Will Grier suspended for violating the NCAA’s drug policy

Win over Missouri puts UF back in the national spotlight

SKINNY SIX-PACK

I’m taking a lot of road ‘dogs today. Just 3-2 last week and 19-10-1 ATS on the season. 

Michigan State (+7.5) at Michigan 

Alabama (-3.5) at Texas A&M

Louisville (+8) at Florida State

Penn State (+19) at Ohio State 

And finally, Florida (+7) at LSU. This game could go sideways quickly, or the Gators could hang around and possibly spring the upset. The line has moved a ton this week. Going as high as +10 in some places. The Tigers’ll win, but the Gators will show up. This group is too prideful. 

Enjoy the bayou brawl, y’all. 

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