HOOVER, Ala. (WAFB) - For years LSU played whipping boy to Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators in the 90's. Last season the roles were certainly reversed as the Tigers hammered Florida 41-11 in Baton Rouge.
LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee fired a 46-yard touchdown bomb to Rueben Randle on the Tigers' second offensive play and the rout was quickly on.
"We want to play them a lot better this year," says Florida senior linebacker Jon Bostic, "I understand the circumstances we went into that game with. But this year, hopefully will be much better."
Those circumstances included the Gators entering the game without an experienced quarterback, a week after starter John Brantley was injured badly in a 38-10 home loss to Alabama. Then freshman Jacoby Brissett passed for only 94 yards against the Tigers and was intercepted twice.
"They're a good team," Bostic added, "They've got good players all over the field, especially on the defensive side of the ball."
This year the Tigers travel into "The Swamp" for an October 6th matchup against the Gators.
"It's funny, I hear a lot of coaches talking about challenging their fans," says second year head coach Will Muschamp, "We need to challenge our team to get the fans going."
"That's up to us," agrees Bostic, "When we're playing well that's when you can't hear anything in that stadium."
LSU's last trip to Gainesville was a wild, 33-29 victory over the #12 Gators in 2010 before 90,721 fans. Perhaps Florida senior running back Mike Gillislee confused that game with last year's affair, when asked about the 2011 Death Valley drubbing.
"Last year we had a chance to win, but we didn't finish." says Gillislee, "We started fast, we just didn't finish."
LSU led 24-3 at halftime a year ago.
"But Chris Rainey broke a long run early and they called it back." added Gillislee.
Whatever makes you feel better, buddy.