Ahead of Saturday’s rivalry game against Florida, LSU released a hype video stating “anything can happen in this rivalry.”
The Tigers sit at 3-3 midway through the season with the toughest stretch still ahead. Including Saturday’s loss to Kentucky, LSU plays five straight ranked opponents and six of the team’s final seven games will come against ranked opponents.
LSU opened the season with a loss to UCLA, won three straight against McNeese St., Central Michigan and Mississippi State, before back-to-back losses against Auburn and Kentucky.
Heading into Saturday’s matchup with Florida, LSU will look to recreate the magic that saw last year’s 5-5 Tigers upset the No. 6 ranked Gators 37-34. LSU will be without a number of contributors on both sides of the ball.
Injuries have plagued LSU this season. On Thursday, it was revealed defensive end Ali Gaye requires season-ending surgery.
Gaye is the fifth LSU defensive starter ruled out for the team’s upcoming game against the Florida Gators and the third high-profile prospect to undergo season-ending surgery this year.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron announced Wednesday morning that starting cornerback Eli Ricks will miss the remainder of the season. Orgeron did not specify the exact injury but shed some light on why the decision was made now.
The news comes just a week after the announcement that his counterpart and first-round draft pick cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will miss the remainder of the year with a foot injury.
In addition to Ricks and Stingley, both sides of the ball have lost impactful starters. Defensive end Andre Anthony, one of LSU’s best pass rushers, is out for the season. And defensive tackle Joseph Evans will miss the remainder of the year. Safety Major Burns missed last week’s loss at Kentucky and will sit out this weekend against Florida as well. There is not a timetable for his return.
On the offensive side of the ball, top wide receiver Kayshon Boutte will miss the remainder of the season due to a leg injury. Coupled with eligibility issues for running back John Emery Jr. and offseason departure of tight end Arik Gilbert, LSU has an inexperience group of skill position players.