Auburn-Florida rivalry rekindled as two schools’ prepare for 84th meeting all-time

People love to sit around and talk about the good old days. For Auburn fans, that often involves talking about a litany of past rivalries, and for this week especially, it means Florida.

Fans remember Wes Byrum’s kick in Gainesville in 2007. They remember how Auburn didn’t score an offensive touchdown in the win in 2006, images of Tre Smith somersaulting into the end zone after a blocked punt come to mind.

Oh, they remember Steve Spurrier too and how he won seven-straight games against Auburn from 1995 to 2000. This rivalry runs deep, dating back to 1912. Florida is fourth on Auburn’s all-time matchups list, only having played Georgia, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech more times.

While a new group of players don the orange and blue, the Tigers know the importance of this game. Wide receiver Anthony Schwartz tweeted this earlier in the week.

“Yeah, you could say that,” Jeremiah Dinson said when asked about Schwartz’s tweet.

Additionally, Dinson elected to not comment on Florida choosing the Tigers as its homecoming opponent.

“Words can’t even explain, but I mean, it’s another game,” Marlon Davidson said on the Tigers being Florida’s homecoming opponent. Auburn’s roster has 18 players listed from Florida, so many players are closely connected to this game, including Dinson and Schwartz.

Although it has been eight years since the last time the two schools played each other, it isn’t any less of a rivalry. The Tigers and the Gators meet for the 84th time on Saturday with Auburn leading the series 43-38-2. Auburn is on a three-game winning streak against Florida, the last being a 17-6 victory in Auburn. The Tigers have outscored Florida 64-40 during the win streak.

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