Burrow, LSU expecting tough challenge from Florida defense


LSU is set for a primetime matchup against who Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow called their biggest rival, the No. 7 Florida Gators, Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

And Burrow is expecting this to be a contentious matchup.

“I don’t like ‘em very much and they don’t like us very much,” he said.

When asked why, Burrow had a simple answer. 

“They did beat us pretty good last year,” he said with a laugh.

Florida earned a 27-19 victory against LSU last season. The Gators intercepted Burrow twice in that game including a one that was returned for a touchdown late in the matchup that sealed Florida’s win.  

Burrow said he expects this year’s Florida defense to be just as tough as the Gators lead all of college football with 19 takeaways including 12 interceptions.

“They are the best defense we’ve played and it’s not even close,” he said. “They have first round guys all around the field. They play really really hard. They are very confident in their scheme you can tell by how fast they play. I think it going to be a really good challenge for us.”

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said the Gators, who have and SEC-high seven players with at least two sacks, will be the best pass rush the Tigers have seen this year.

“I think I've said it every day, in our press conference, that I can, that we're going to be tested. And this is just what I was talking about,”Orgeron said. “I watched the game against Miami. It was a tremendous pass rush. Last year we did not block their pass rush very well. It's going to be a challenge for us.”