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LSU prepares for Florida for the second time, this time, with the potential to play spoiler, yet keeps focus on Tigers

LSU returns to Baton Rouge to face Florida this week with plenty of storylines ahead of the Tigers' matchup against the banged up Gators. Ed Orgeron's message on Monday: "It's going to be about us."

The game that has been about a month and a week in the making is here. LSU will face Florida on Saturday at high noon on the SEC Network after the game that was originally scheduled for October 8 in Gainesville, Fla. was moved to Tiger Stadium in late October.

There's distractions for LSU like the game's controversial rescheduling, Ed Orgeron's push for the job, LSU's potential Sugar Bowl bid with two wins, senior day for 19 seniors, and potentially playing spoiler against the Gators, who have the SEC East title on the line on Saturday.

Orgeron is going to try to not let any of that come into play.

"Florida. Noon. Saturday," Orgeron said on looking forward to a potential Sugar Bowl bid before continuing. "We know about what they have on the line. It's not going to be about them (Florida), it's going to be about us." 

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There's also the noon kickoff that Tiger Stadium or the team isn't used to playing at home. How does LSU plan to handle?

"We're going to be ready to go. Adjust to things we do. We'll have our same meetings on Friday. Get up a little earlier. Be a little more fired up during the day. That's it," Orgeron said at his Monday press conference.

LSU linebacker Duke Riley said last week that he's playing for Orgeron and others players have echoed that. Orgeron wouldn't entertain that idea. 

"That's not what we are for. Has nothing to do with beating Florida. I appreciate Duke, I appreciate the way he's playing. Our whole focus and attention is on beating UF," Orgeron said.

LSU even has to think about potentially honoring players like Leonard Fournette, who likely is playing his last game in Tiger Stadium. Orgeron said he isn't sure about that as he's not going to give up easily on keeping some of those players in school.

""I don't know tradition here if we do that or not," Orgeron said. "I know I'm going to continue to recruit those guys. I've been around long enough to know most have made decision already."

The staff will take Monday to go over some mistakes the team made against Arkansas, before moving on to Florida preparations. 

"We're going to talk about the things we did well, talk about the things we want to improve on. One of the things we want to do is finish better on defense, give up big screens on the last drive. We're going to address that this week. After we meet, it's going to be on to Florida."

Does Orgeron feel bad for the Gators having to come to Baton Rouge instead?

"No," Orgeron said and left it at that, before continuing on to praise LSU's administration. "I think Joe (Alleva) did a tremendous job. I thought the administration handled it the way it should have been handled."

Watch Ed Orgeron's full Monday press conference

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