The Florida-LSU football series has always been intriguing, with games decided at the last second and plenty of drama occurring both on and off the field.
It has now been taken to the next level, with the Gators scheduling their annual homecoming game when the Tigers come to Gainesville this season on Oct. 7. Former LSU running back Jacob Hester has taken notice, and wants you to know he has been correct the entire time when calling the Gators LSU’s No. 1 enemy.
Maybe now everybody won't look at me like I'm crazy when I say that LSU's biggest 🏈 rival is the Florida Gators. 10/7/17 will be 🔥🔥🔥.
— Jacob Hester (@JacobHester22) July 6, 2017
That might seem like an outlandish statement when you consider the history between the Tigers and SEC West rivals Alabama, Auburn, and Ole Miss, but the flames have been growing between LSU and Florida since last season.
It took interference from the commissioner’s office to get the two teams to play last season after the original meeting, set for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. LSU, not wanting to give up a home game – they were host South Alabama on Nov. 19 – won a small victory when the game was rescheduled for the day they were to host the Jaguars, and that the Gators would travel to Baton Rouge.
The Gators took the game personally, holding the Tigers on a goal-line stand to end the game and come out with a 16-10 victory, clinching the SEC East division title for the second straight year.
Florida’s scheduling of LSU on homecoming – a date usually reserved for cupcake opponents – is just the latest shot being fired in what has become an intense rivalry.