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Tuesday October 2, 2012Countdown to Kickoff: Florida vs. LSU Game Notes

The Florida Gators (4-0, 3-0 SEC) welcome the LSU Tigers (5-0, 1-0 SEC) to The Swamp for a matchup of undefeated top-10 teams. This will mark the ninth-straight year the Gators-Tigers game will be a top-25 matchup. Its the fourth time that both teams have ranked in the AP Top 10 entering the game.

 

The Gators enter the game ranked 10th in the latest AP Poll, the highest ranking under head coach Will Muschamp and the highest UF has been ranked since Week 5 of the 2010 season (ranked 7th).

 

Each of the past 12 Florida-LSU matchups has been broadcast nationally on CBS or ESPN. Seven out of the last eight games between these two teams have been picked by CBS.

 

The Gators are coming off a bye week following a 38-0 victory over Kentucky, UFs first shutout of an SEC opponent since beating Mississippi State, 52-0, on Sept. 29, 2001. Florida became the first team in the nation to win three conference games with its 38-0 win over Kentucky on Sept. 22.

 

The Tigers beat Towson, 38-22, in Week 5 after beating Auburn, 12-10, to open conference play in Week 4.

 

For the second straight year, Florida opens the month of October at home against a top-five opponent. The game against LSU marks the beginning of a stretch that will see the Gators play three teams in the top six of the rankings in the next four games (10/20 vs. No. 6/6 South Carolina, 10/27 vs. No. 5/5 Georgia).

 

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