Run and Shoot: Florida looks for revenge against Auburn

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Florida looks for revenge against Auburn

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nothing went right for the mighty Gators on Oct. 14 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Auburn Tigers handed Florida its lone loss on the road to the national championship, a heartbreaking 27-17 final.

The Gators are looking for payback tonight at 8, and, this time, the home field is on their side.

The team watched film from last year's devastating loss, and players including middle linebacker Brandon Spikes openly confessed their desire for revenge.

If No. 4 Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) comes in motivated, it could get ugly.

Auburn has lost twice so far, including to perennial SEC cellar dweller Mississippi State and stands unranked at 2-2 overall and 0-1 in SEC play.

The Gators sputtered on their way to a closer-than-expected 30-24 win over Ole Miss last week and should come in looking to make up for that sloppy road performance.

Here are some things to look for coming into the game:

Florida looking ahead: The most anticipated regular season game of the year comes next week as Florida and LSU could be playing a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup. LSU played like it was looking ahead in a win over Tulane earlier Saturday. The Gators cannot copy LSU's performance, or next week's game might not be so prestigious.

Cox's comeback: Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox rebounded from being benched earlier in the season to leading the Tigers to a win over New Mexico State last week. Still, Cox has thrown three touchdowns to six interceptions this season. Will Cox continue gaining positive momentum, or will he fall back into his early-season rut?

SEC at stake: A loss for the Tigers would put them in a huge hole in the SEC West, two games behind LSU. Auburn needs this win to stay within reach of LSU. With a win, Florida would become the first SEC team to reach 3-0 in conference play. LSU and Kentucky, both at 2-0, are the only other undefeated teams in conference play.

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