Editor’s note: While we have no idea when college football will start, we are bringing you a look at each of the 12 opponents Florida has scheduled to play.
When: Oct. 10, TBD.
Where: Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Last year: It couldn’t have gone any better for the Bayou Bengals as they went 15-0 and had the best season in the history of college football considering the Top-10 teams they beat. One of those wins came in Baton Rouge in a game where Florida led in the third quarter (one of the few times LSU trailed a game after halftime) before LSU hit a bunch of big plays to pull it out.
Outlook for 2020: No team lost as much as LSU including passing game genius Joe Brady, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and as many as 16 players who could be picked in the NFL draft — No. 1 among them is Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. QB Myles Brennan takes over with a shaky offensive line and without a lot of the weapons that made the Tigers so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. However, don’t think for a second that LSU is devoid of talent.
Best offensive player: On a team loaded at wide receiver, Biletnikoff winner Ja’Marr Chase stood out and is back for his junior season. He caught 1,780 yards worth of passes and 20 touchdowns. It will be different without Burrow and the other weapons around him, but this is a lock first-round draft pick.
Best defensive player: As a true freshman, Derek Stingley lived up to the hype of being one of the top recruits for coach Ed Orgeron. He had six interceptions and 15 passes defended as a lockdown cornerback.
Fun fact: Florida and LSU are back on schedule after a hurricane forced the Gators to play two straight seasons in Baton Rouge and LSU to play two in a row in Gainesville. A hurricane also pushed the game back to the last one of the season in Steve Spurrier’s sophomore season.
Quote: “The bad thing about having possibly the best season in college football is that you can’t possibly follow that up. Even for unrealistic LSU fans, if the Tigers can win 10 games and go to a New Year’s Six bowl game, it will be a gigantic achievement.” — Scott Rabalais, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate.