In most even-numbered years, LSU is seen as Florida’s biggest home game. This season was no different.
While fans regularly make it a point to be in Gainesville for Florida-LSU, the 2018 game had an added buzz. LSU arrived undefeated and with the No. 5 ranking. Florida entered the game ranked No. 22 with a 4-1 record after back-to-back road wins over Tennessee and Mississippi State.
At the start of game week, Florida coach Dan Mullen called on Gators fans to buy up any remaining tickets and make it a sell out. They obliged, as UF posted its first home sell out since hosting then-No. 3 Ole Miss in 2015. The sold-out crowd did its part in energizing Mullen’s squad and making things difficult for the Tigers on offense.
Florida came away with a 27-19 win in the game. Former UF coach and current program ambassador Steve Spurrier recently stopped by SiriusXM SEC Radio to share his thoughts on the game, and particularly the crowd. Spurrier, who helped coin “The Swamp” nickname for Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, said people told him it was the loudest Florida crowd since the Tim Tebow era.
After beating LSU 29-17 last Saturday, @GatorsFB improved to 5-1 and rose to #14 in the country.
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) October 11, 2018