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The Florida Gators' offensive line gets set against the LSU Tigers' defensive line in the Gators' 45-35 loss to the Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

Know Your Enemy: LSU Tigers

The Gators (5-4, 3-3 SEC) and Tigers (6-3, 4-2 SEC) both lost their previous matchups and are looking to get back on track with a victory Saturday. UF lost an overtime heartbreaker at home to Arkansas, while LSU fell on the road to bitter rivals Alabama. I sat down with Peter Rauterkus, the sports editor of the Reveille, the student newspaper at LSU, to break down the matchup. 

Freshman wide receiver Eugene Wilson III dives toward the end zone in the Gators' 39-36 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023.

Napier finds silver lining in Gators’ Arkansas loss

Disappointment flooded Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as the Florida Gators suffered a 39-36 loss against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas snapped a six-game losing streak and clinched its first-ever victory in the Swamp to halt the Gators’ undefeated season at home. Although fans found the loss a tough pill to swallow, Florida head coach Billy Napier found silver linings in the performance.

Sophomore guard Riley Kugel goes up for a layup during the Florida Gators' 93-73 win against the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

Analysis: The Riley Kugel experience is must-watch basketball

Sophomore guard Riley Kugel has been highly regarded as a potential breakout player heading into his second season in Gainesville and was named to the Coaches’ Preseason First-Team All-SEC team. He’s already proving why he was tabbed to the list as he scored 23 points, grabbed six steals and dished four assists in UF’s 93-73 season-opening win against Loyola Maryland. 

Florida head coach Todd Golden coaches the Gators' during a practice the day before their Southeastern Conference tournament game Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

Preview into Florida’s season opener opponent Loyola Maryland

Any underdog team can go into enemy territory and grab a win in the world of college basketball. Especially when no team has played a minute on the court for the 2023-2024 season. In the case of the Florida Gators men’s basketball team, they’ll look to avoid this going into their season opener against the underdog Loyola Maryland Greyhounds — an opponent they’ve never faced.

Sophomore running back Trevor Etienne runs the ball in the Gators' 39-36 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023.

Hogs break Gators' hearts in overtime

The Florida Gators (5-4, 3-3 SEC) fell to the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-6, 1-5 SEC) 39-36 in overtime. The loss was Florida’s first overtime game since Dan Mullen’s last game in charge when the Gators lost to Missouri in 2021. 

Sophomore guard Denzel Aberdeen dunks the ball over the head of UF head coach Todd Golden in the Gators' Orange & Blue scrimmage on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2023.

Gators men’s basketball get ready for season in Orange & Blue Scrimmage

The Florida Gators men’s basketball gave fans their first look at the team in the team’s Orange & Blue scrimmage Thursday night. The event consisted of a scrimmage, a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. The night was highlighted by sophomore guard Denzel Aberdeen. He won the dunk contest and followed his victory with a dunk over the head of head coach Todd Golden. 

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