Heading into week seven of the faculty soccer season, we’ve a cross-divisional rivalry recreation between the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators. Relating to cross-division video games, this is likely one of the higher ones within the SEC.
The Alabama-Tennessee matchup is totally one-sided with the Tide profitable 14-straight video games. The Bulldogs have gained 5 in a row within the Georgia-Auburn recreation, “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”. Then we’ve the Tigers and Gators.
From 1988-2001, this was all Florida however because the flip of the century it has been LSU that has turned the tide. Florida completed that stretch 13-1 over LSU. Nonetheless, since 2002 the report is 12-12. You win some, you lose some however it has grow to be a aggressive sequence.
While you look across the SEC this season, there appears to be little or no curiosity on this recreation. Sure, the storylines for the sport are all Ed Orgeron-related. It’s a enormous speaking level however hey there’s a recreation this week. Though you may not understand it primarily based on what everyone seems to be discussing.
This recreation is beginning within the 11:00 a.m. CDT slot for the primary time since 2016, that recreation additionally was performed at Tiger Stadium. Nonetheless, this time round nobody is anticipating Loss of life Valley to be a capability. As Leah Vann stories, ticket costs have dropped for LSU soccer at Tiger Stadium.
For the second yr in a row, LSU is available in with a .500 or worse report, one might imagine that has put a damper on the joy. However this isn’t a recreation between Florida and an LSU staff that’s 1-5 or 2-4. The Tigers nonetheless have six video games remaining to place collectively a stable finish to a disappointing yr.
Maybe the loss to Kentucky within the method by which it occurred, eliminated any anticipation for the sport amongst the fan base. If that’s certainly the case, and we’ll discover out with the gang Saturday, then LSU athletic director Scott Woodward must be very alarmed.
While you mix a non-competitive staff (primarily based on the final two video games) with shedding cash in your soccer program, one thing must be completed sooner moderately than later.