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It has become tradition that the annual showdown between the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers be played at night. Well, at least when it’s not chosen as the SEC Game of the Week at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. But a noon game? Never.
No, seriously. Never.
For the first time in the history of the Florida-LSU rivalry, the Gators and Tigers will kick off at noon when the teams meet on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Florida.
Sure, Florida and LSU have played in games with early kickoffs before, but none of those occurred before 12:30 p.m. ET. The Gators and Tigers have not met before 3:30 p.m. since 2000 and have never played a game with a noon kickoff. The prior early games were aired on Jefferson Pilot syndicated broadcasts, which began a half-hour later.
Florida and LSU have played annually since 1971 and all but three years since 1953. Overall, the Gators are 31-28-3 against the Tigers. LSU has won three straight and five of the last six in the series as Florida has switched offensive coordiantors and head coaches over the last few years.
It will be the Tigers without their leading man this time around as LSU fired head coach Les Miles on Sunday.