SIX BITS: SEC royalty; LSU underdogs; No. 1 Gators; Mayor speaks; Scot Brantley; Charles Scott

By Adam Silverstein
October 9, 2009

1 » Saturday night’s game between No. 1 Florida Gators and No. 4 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, LA, will pit the last three National Champions head-to-head. In fact, the winner of this game the last three years has gone on to win the title, and Florida and LSU are the only two schools in the country with multiple BCS championships. While greatness is standard for both schools who also happen to play each other every season out of the regular East/West rotation, there is a mutual respect that neither seems to share with its other rivals. As Tigers running back Charles Scott put it, “There’s no hatred…just a lot of pride.”

2 » LSU goes into Saturday night’s game at Tiger Stadium as underdogs for only the fourth time in the last nine seasons. That is how huge of a home field advantage they have. Nevertheless, the Tigers were winless in their last three meetings at home as underdogs, losing 27-21 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2008, 31-0 to them again in 2002 and 44-15 to the Gators in 2001.

3 » When ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Florida Gators are 18-4 all-time. All four losses have come in the middle of a season, sometimes ending the team’s title hopes but often happening early enough to keep them alive. If Florida wants to end 2009 with its first undefeated season, the Gators will have to go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the polls and must avoid a heartbreaking loss like in the past.

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