Missed extra point haunts Gators in 17-16 loss to LSU

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LSU took the opening drive of the second half 75 yards on nine plays to jump out to a 14-point lead. We love the way they bring people together, provide a nice distraction from controversial issues, and encourage intelligent discourse. "We can't focus on this last game".

Florida held LSU without a third-down conversion in the fourth quarter, though an offsides penalty by UF junior Taven Bryan on third-and-3 early in the fourth quarter allowed the Tigers to bleed some additional time off the clock. The Tigers defeated the Gators 17-16 to earn their first SEC win of 2017.

But the big blow was reserved for star running back Derrius Guice on Twitter.

The Gators clinched the SEC East and celebrated wildly on the field, in the locker room and during the trip home. The game was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew and was eventually moved to Baton Rouge.

It created a tense atmosphere and plenty of motivation for the Gators.

The Tigers are doing the talking this year.

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The "College GameDay" hosts, along with celebrity guest picker Tim McGraw, made their selections for Saturday's slate of football games.

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Embattled coach Ed Orgeron was clearly the focal point of all the heat. Athletic director Joe Alleva also met with Orgeron, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to iron out differences.

LSU coaches and players spent the week enduring heavy criticism, something the Tigers earned after losing to Troy last week at home. We were prepared. We knew they were going to come in with everything and they did.

It's year three of the Jim McElwain era, and Florida still is struggling to find ways to make plays, specifically at the QB position. "Anytime there's a transition, you go through a learning curve".

Those plays worked from the start. Junior quarterback Luke Del Rio was ruled out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury against Vanderbilt last weekafter starting the game.

But in a rivalry that been decided by one score in each of McElwain's three seasons - and has seen everything from Tim Tebow's jump pass in 2006 to an LSU punter being called for taunting in 2011 - anything but a fantastic finish just wouldn't have felt right.

Florida responded immediately, thanks to a costly LSU penalty.

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