Saturday’s game marks the 62nd meeting between the Tigers and Gators, with Florida holding a 31-27-3 lead in the series that began in 1937. These two teams have been playing each other annually since 1971, with the SEC designating LSU and Florida as permanent cross-division opponents in its most recent scheduling formats. The Gators hold a slim 16-15 lead in games played in Baton Rouge, but the Tigers have won four of the last five against Florida, their best run in the series since taking five of six from 1977-82. LSU won 30-27 in Gainesville last year and 17-6 in Tiger Stadium in 2013.
Oct. 25, 1958 – LSU 10, Florida 7: Telling holder Warren Rabb just to tilt the ball back a little, Tommy Davis calmly boots a 36-yard field goal through the uprights in the final three minutes to lift the Tigers to a tense victory over the Gators. LSU moves from No. 3 to No. 1 in the AP poll, a spot the Tigers hold the rest of the season.
Oct. 2, 1982 – LSU 24, Florida 13: The Tigers are a two-touchdown underdog to the No. 4 Gators in Gainesville. That’s until Dalton Hilliard takes over. The freshman tailback tallies 207 yards total offense and all three LSU touchdowns as the Tigers beat their highest-ranked opponent in 16 years.
Oct. 11, 1997 – LSU 28, Florida 21: The Tigers are 0-7-1 against No. 1 teams entering this contest, including a 56-13 loss in Gainsville a year earlier. This time LSU bolts to a 14-0 lead and makes it stick as Herb Tyler scores twice and Cedric Donaldson returns an interception 31 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. “Now,” one LSU fan says afteward, “I can die happy.” The win is LSU’s first in 12 tries against Steve Spurrier as Florida’s quarterback and coach.
Oct. 6, 2007 – LSU 28, Florida 24: A Tiger Stadium record crowd of 92,910 watches a breathless drama unfold between the reigning (Florida) and future BCS champions (LSU). The Tigers twice rally from 10-point deficits, converting five fourth-down attempts before Jacob Hester scores the winning touchdown on a 2-yard plunge with 1:09 remaining.
Oct. 9, 2010 – LSU 33, Florida 29: Facing fourth-and-3 at the Florida 36 down 29-26, the Tigers fake a field goal as holder Derek Helton flips a pass over his shoulder – on a bounce – to kicker Josh Jasper. Jasper runs 5 yards for a first down, setting up a 3-yard Jarrett Lee to Terrence Toliver touchdown pass three plays later with :06 left.