GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Given the amount of Florida-LSU talk over the past few days, the Gators’ game against Missouri this Saturday is almost an afterthought.
The postponement and rescheduling options have been the topic of UF conversation on radio, TV and in press conferences. Florida coach Jim McElwain has needed to remind his team of the task at hand.
“It’s one of things we’ve tried to do, but it’s human nature (to think about LSU). People are asking them about it,” McElwain said on the SEC coaches teleconference. “And yet, the focus has to be on homecoming. It’s Missouri and it’s the next game. We can’t worry about anything but taking care of now for our fans, for the people coming to Gainesville this weekend.”
It will be Florida’s first home game in almost a month, and the Gators lost 42-13 the last time the Tigers came to The Swamp for homecoming. That has helped the players keep their focus on Mizzou instead of LSU.
“For the most part our guys have done a pretty darn good job of it,” McElwain said. “Things are going to get brought up about this and that, but I think they’ve had a pretty good attention to detail so far and we’ll see on Saturday.
“The things that are out of your control, you worry about it and it eats away at the things that are important. And in this case, the important thing is preparing and getting ready for Missouri.”