Big-time football returns to The Swamp

Louisiana State University football coach Les Miles, left, and Florida coach Will Muschamp.

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.

Gainesville will have some Cajun flavoring Saturday.

And a big-game atmosphere.

No. 4 LSU and No. 10 Florida will face off at 3:30 p.m. in front of the first sellout crowd of the season for The Swamp. That will include thousands of LSU fans who will start cooking jambalaya and boiling crawfish just after the sun rises.

LSU received 7,000 tickets for the game and did not return any.

Florida fans who are tailgating use the occasion every other season to bring out their own Louisiana favorites at their tailgates.

But once the tailgating is over, there is an important game to be played.

"We've got a great opportunity sitting in front of us in our own stadium at 3:30 (p.m.) and that's the way I look at it," Florida coach Will Muschamp said.

Both teams want to run the ball, as LSU ranks second in the SEC in that department and Florida is third. Both teams are unbeaten and both know that The Swamp will be in full throat today.

"It's a great place to play," said LSU coach Les Miles, whose team has won two in a row against the Gators. "If you enjoy classic college venues, and if you enjoy the SEC, that's as good as it gets. Quality opponent on the road, loud, I think it's a great place to play."

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