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Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:42 pm
 

While LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said that the Tigers and Florida are both “interested in ending” their annual series, Florida sources told CBSSports.com that the Gators have given no indication they want their series to end with LSU.

The Tigers and Gators have met annually since 1971 and were designated as permanent cross-divisional rivals when the SEC expanded in 1992. With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the league is considering doing away with the cross-divisional games, including Florida-LSU, Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee.

Alleva told the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate the Tigers and Gators were interested in ending their series, but Florida sources disputed that to CBSSports.com.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity also told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there’s a possibility the Bulldogs’ rivalry with Auburn, which dates back to 1892, could be in jeopardy.


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Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

"From 1988-2003, Florida was 14-2 vs. LSU

what is funny about that stat is the simple fact that you choose a certain period of the past to try and illustrate some sort of superiority over LSU by oddly starting in 1988??  especially when the first ever meeting between the 2 schools was in 1937!!! If you take out your preferred time frame to use, LSU holds a commanding 23-16-3 lead in the overall series, so lets just be honest and say the overall series lead is in florida's favor by 5 games rather than picking a choosing whatever time frame suits you best, shall we?  the truth is LSU has been to more bowl games all time (43>39), won more bowl games(23>20), won more games (721>669), has a better all-time win percentage (.643>.630), and finished more seasons ranked in the top 25 than has florida, as well as more conference championships (14>8), so overall, LSU has had the more successful program throughout the history of this sport, nice try though!

  Les Miles can cherish his victory over Florida. He is now the first LSU mentor since Charles McClendon with a winning record against the men from Gainesville.

Im sure he does, just dont expect it to change Wink



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:41 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

The SEC is getting what it deserves by going to a 14 team conference. They had a pretty good thing going with 12 teams, and now they are going to screw it up just to get some additional TV sets in Texas. The SEC didn't think through adding Texas A&M at all.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

I hate to tell you this but the world didn't begin in 1988. If you get to start when you want then you can come up with whatever stats you want. Throughout the history of college football LSU has been the better program. The two programs didn't start playing on a regular basis until 1971 but if they had played every year going back 100 or more years then LSU would be ahead of Florida in the all-time season series. Look at all the times LSU was a ranked team back in the 30's,50's,60's, and 70's. Where were the Gators in those years?



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Reality is that there are now 14 teams in the SEC.  If that conference wants to keep rivalries, there is a solution.  First, move Alabama and Auburn to the East which would keep AL/TN and GA/Aub in tact.  Then move Vandy to the West with MO and A&M.  If rivalries are important the matchups could be LSU/FL (same as now); Ark/SC; (same as now) Vandy/Tn (intrastate); GA/KY (formerly East rivals); Aub/MST (formerly west rivals); A&M/AL (great tradition); MO/MST (who cares).  What a concept?

How about that?  Nonetheless, I think that a nine game schedule including rivalry games makes sense (until the next round of expansion).  While that would seem to weaken the west for now, everything changes.  In a few years the west may be even better.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:09 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

It wasn't that long ago when LSU was simply penciled in as another win for Florida, much like Kentucky, Georgia, or South Carolina.  The big, scary games were Alabama, Florida State, and Tennessee.  But things change and while LSU is doing great right now that simply hasn't been the case against Florida as the stats bear out.  

Florida is struggling right now, but with the committment the school has to putting a quality team on the field, the fertile recruiting ground the school is located in, the continued struggle of the Hurricanes in some of the most fertile recruiting ground, and the fact that kids don't care about what a school did 50 years ago, they care what they can do now, well I don't see Florida staying down too long. So kick em while you can cause unless I totally miss my guess we'll be back among the heavyweight division soon.   



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Yeah the norm, this is cut/pasted from something called the TigerRag (tigerrag.com).

"From 1988-2003, Florida was 14-2 vs. LSU and outscored the Tigers 482-207.
The average margin of victory for the Gators was 30-13. Les Miles can cherish
his victory over Florida. He is now the first LSU mentor since Charles
McClendon with a winning record against the men from Gainesville.
LSU is 44-11 since the start of the 2001 campaign. USC is 48-9 since ‘01,
but the Trojans are 46-4 in their last 50 games and 39-1 in their last 40
contests"
 
Here's the headline from that article:

 
"LSU records rare win over Florida in Tiger Stadium"

While I acknowledge LSU's more recent success over the Gators, going back 20 years since the game became an annual thing, well not so much.  SO I restate what I said, could LSU be concerned about things reverting back to the norm?   



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Dipwad,
Back to the norm? LSU and Florida are 6-6 during the 21st Century. Overall, LSU has a better football history than Florida.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Kyle_51............You have a very good idea there with VIRGINIA TECH and FLORIDA STATE.  These two schools would be tremendous additions to the SEC.  It will be interesting how these opportunities shape up down the road as FBS re-alignment continues.  It looks like the future will be possibly 5 Major Conferences with 16 members each. 



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

Interesting take on this here, after reading it elsewhere it was made to sound like both sides where interested in terminating this relationship, this seems to say the interest is more heavily weighted on the LSU side of the coin which is made even more interesting by LSU's recent success against the Gators (a team I pull for).  Does LSU feel the recent trend will soon revert back to the norm (just another Gator victory)?

Either way the fact is this, getting through an SEC season unbeaten is tough to do.  There are just so many powerful teams.  Having one less to play per year would be a good thing for some programs, perhaps LSU feels its one of those programs.  

Still I'd think as the NCAA moves ever closer to a full blown playoff that titanic games such as LSU v Florida would be even more sought out.  Why, glad you asked.  With a playoff system a loss or two to a top program wouldn't hurt as much as it does in today's BCS system.  A loss or two and you could still reasonably expect to reach the playoff and compete for the national title.  Plus power programs will get to test themselves against possible playoff opponents to gauge where they may need more work, fans get to see more big games, colleges and their towns (not to mention TV, the NCAA etc) get to rake in even bigger bucks.  It's a win, win, win, win, going to a playoff system and teams scheduling bigger games not being as afraid to take a loss.    



Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:57 am
 

Sources: Florida not ready to end LSU series

This is outrageous  they are about to destroy a great thing. Enemies of tradition. I'm reminded of Karl Marx: "Take away a nation's history and they are more easily persuaded."


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