HOOVER, Ala. — It felt like the talk during the first two days of SEC Media Days revolved around the increasingly heated rivalry between Florida and LSU.
As people in Tuvalu probably have heard by now, last week the Gators announced LSU as their homecoming opponent in October, creating a collective freak-out on the internet and beyond.
“Oh, yeah, of course, they remember that loss,” Florida defensive back Duke Dawson said of his team’s last-second win at LSU last November. “So those guys are going to come in ready to play every play, so we have to bring our ‘A’ game as well.”
The one person who doesn’t care about any of this is the one you’d expect to feel the most disrespected by it: LSU running back Derrius Guice.
It was Guice who was stuffed at the goal line as time expired, allowing Florida to escape Baton Rouge with a 16-10 win at Tiger Stadium. The game originally was scheduled to be played at Florida but was moved because of a hurricane.
That play has not been gnawing at Guice, though.
“[I let it go] right after I changed clothes,” Guice said. “We had Texas A&M four days later. I couldn’t just dwell on that. Had I done that, I probably would have had 2 yards against Texas A&M. Instead, I had almost 300. You have to let it go and move on to the next game.”
His 285 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Aggies on Thanksgiving night made it a lot easier to forget about the 1 yard he was unable to gain against the Gators. But it’s been a long time since November. And surely a stray thought about the ending of that Florida game has popped into Guice’s head since.
He shook his head, insisting he hasn’t dwelled on it.
Guice will think about Florida when the time comes.
“Our continued concern is about BYU,” Guice said. “Once Florida comes, then we’ll worry about all that with them scheduling us for homecoming later. But right now it’s about BYU. Game 1.”
“It hasn’t added any more [to the rivalry],” Guice said. “They’re just having a little fun and games. But the team’s concern is BYU … they’re not a sleeper team. They’re well-coached. We’ve got to take it one game at a time.”
It’s a cliché, to be sure, which is not a form of speech Guice typically talks in. But for the Florida game to be meaningful, his attitude is one the rest of the Tigers probably should adopt, as well.