GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WAFB) - LSU (3-5) is in the Sunshine State but the Tigers shouldn’t expect a warm reception from the No. 6 Florida Gators (8-1) when the teams face each other in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as “The Swamp,” on Saturday.
In the past, we’ve sometimes cracked on Gainesville for not being the essence of Florida. There are no beaches nearby but on a December day like this one, there are countless college students around the country who would switch places with those at the University of Florida. It’s about 70 degrees with a cool breeze and low humidity. One resident said this is the weather they wait for all year.
The atmosphere surrounding the LSU football program, however, isn’t exactly sunshine and palm trees. The Tigers have just three wins, against five losses following up last year’s Disney movie of a season of a 15-0 record and national championship.
LSU went to Auburn on Oct. 31 and lost by almost 40 points (48-11). It hosted No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 12 and lost by almost 40 points (55-17), which could have been much worse if not for Nick Saban taking his foot off the gas. Players are opting out left and right. The most recent and most bizarre, perhaps, is five-star freshman tight end Arik Gilbert.
“I think Coach O is a great coach but something different happened,” said Paris Kemeny, a Florida student whose father graduated from Baton Rouge High. “Blame it on COVID, blame it on something but they’re not the same as they’ve always been.”
We’ll have more from her on 9News at 5.
Matt Mauck, Lloyd Cushenberry, Brian Kinchen, and Derek Stingley Sr. also weighed in on the matchup and LSU’s overall problems as a program.
That full report will air on 9News at 6.
Kickoff for LSU vs. Florida is set for 6 p.m. The game can be watched on ESPN.
- Coach O: ‘Looks like’ Max Johnson will start at QB against Florida but final decision not made
- I miss LSU football
- ‘They’re going to turn this thing around’ - Former LSU center, current Denver Bronco Cushenberry talks Tigers, rookie lessons in NFL & playing against Saints
- LSU self-imposes one-year bowl ban for football
- LSU TE Arik Gilbert opts out of 2020 season, Orgeron says
- Coach O has zero regrets about hyping the 2020 Tigers in the summer
- Former LSU players react to Orgeron saying Arik Gilbert’s ‘body is hurting;’ comment on state of program
- Orgeron talks about what still needs to improve; keys to beating Florida
- LSU defense surrenders 650 total yards in 55-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama
- LSU suffers embarrassing 48-11 loss to Auburn
- Auburn pounds its way to win against LSU
Click here to report a typo.