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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When Florida coach Jim McElwain got to his desk Sunday, there was a folder sitting on top labeled Presbyterian. One peek inside revealed a significant mistake.I was like, `Wait a minute. Somethings wrong here, McElwain said Monday. I dont have disrespect for them, but this didnt look like Presbyterian.Nope, it was No. 16 LSU.Different jerseys. Different numbers. Much different talent.Hurricane Matthew, which forced Florida to reschedule a home game against the Tigers and cancel a home game against lower-division Presbyterian, could end up costing the 21st-ranked Gators a trip to the Southeastern Conference title game. Theres little doubt McElwains banged-up team would have been better off playing LSU last month -- in Gainesville.Now, Tigers star running back Leonard Fournette is healthy , Florida is down seven starters -- including their top three tacklers -- and the game is being played in Baton Rouge.To me, you want to go play somebody at their best, McElwain said. I dont ever look for a win to have an asterisk on it, does that make sense?It might make sense. But its surely not ideal for Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC), which likely needs a victory Saturday to clinch the Eastern Division. The Gators could still wrap up a spot in the title game with a loss to the Tigers, but they would need Tennessee to lose to Missouri or Vanderbilt.And Florida will be without at least seven starters Saturday, including quarterback Luke Del Rio (shoulder).You can sit and cry about it or do whatever or you can just move on, McElwain said. Thats what weve got to do. You know what, it is what it is. Were going there to play and thats the way it is.McElwain also ruled out center Cam Dillard (knee), left tackle David Sharpe (foot), defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. (ankle), safety Marcus Maye (arm) and linebackers Alex Anzalone (arm) and Jarrad Davis (ankle). Two others, guard/center Tyler Jordan (ankle) and defensive end CeCe Jefferson (ankle), are questionable to play.Theyre struggling with injuries, so its going to be 10 times harder now, LSU defensive end Arden Key said. Either way it goes, if they played here or there, it was going to be hard for them to get the W. I dont feel like they were going to get the win when we play then or now.Florida and LSU (6-3, 4-2) were initially scheduled to play Oct. 8 at Florida Field. When the threat of the Category 4 hurricane forced the SEC to postpone the game, LSU took a hard stance on not giving up a home game to reschedule.The Tigers said Florida wanted to postpone it because Del Rio was coming off a sprained knee and two defensive linemen looked like they wouldnt play. Now, the Gators would love to have that short of an injury report.That part bothered me a little bit, Florida safety Nick Washington said. They think we had a choice of avoiding this game when theres a hurricane. Not just me but a lot of my teammates, a lot of us had family in places where the hurricane was hitting. It kind of bothered us a little bit, but we had to let it go.What was supposed to be a relatively relaxing week and a game against a seemingly overmatched opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision has become an all-or-nothing affair against one of the hottest teams in the country and in the one the nations least-hospitable stadiums.The Tigers have won four of five games, the only loss a 10-0 setback against top-ranked Alabama, have Fournette at full speed and have allowed the fewest touchdowns (10) in the nation.Florida, meanwhile, continues to struggle offensively and will have to shuffle guys up front again since it will be without at least two linemen. Its a scenario the Gators surely would be able to handle if the matchup -- or the folder on McElwains desk -- really was Presbyterian.Its the biggest game of the year because its the next one, quarterback Austin Appleby said. With that said, we know whats at stake. We want to go back to Atlanta. Thats why you come to Florida. You want to play for championships. Weve got everything that we want right in front of us.---AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in Baton Rouge contributed to this report.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org Chris Sale Jersey . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. Babe Ruth Jersey . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. http://www.cheapredsoxjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-xander-bogaerts-jersey .Y. -- Sabres forward Drew Stafford has witnessed plenty of turmoil during his eight seasons in Buffalo. Tony Conigliaro Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Brock Holt Jersey . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Leonard Hamilton is hoping a change in his offensive system will end Florida States NCAA Tournament drought.Hamiltons philosophy has been to run a motion offense that also relies on strong inside play. This season he has ditched that for a more on-tempo system because the Seminoles have an abundance of perimeter players.Hamilton, who is going into his 15th season at Florida State, acknowledges that this has been the biggest changes he has made to a system between seasons in his 29 years as a college coach.This will fit more of who we are, Hamilton said. We are not going to be as much of a stand and shoot team. We are going to be able to play off the move and penetrate. We will be playing more four outside players and one inside. It will make us more unpredictable and harder to defend.Florida State was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in offense, averaging 78.0 points per game. But it was 13th in defense, allowing 74 points. Both of those set new marks in the Hamilton era.We are going to be playing even faster this year, said Dwayne Bacon, who led the team in scoring (15.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.8) last season. Weve got guys that can run the floor and the big guys can get up and down.Bacon also noted that a huge part of preseason practices has been defense and that during the first week they were spending at least two hours per session on defensive-specific drills.The Seminoles started last season by winning 10 of their first 12 games, but struggled in Atlantic Coast Conference play as they went 8-10. They made it to the second round of the NIT to finish 20-14.---Some other things to know about Florida State this season:IMMEDIATE IMPACT? Jonathan Isaac comes in as onne of the highest-ranked recruits in program history.ddddddddddddThe 6-foot-9 forward has the size and body of a forward but the quickness and shooting skills of a perimeter player. The Seminoles have also added a pair of talented guards in CJ Walker and Trent Forrest.FRONT LINE DEPTH: Michael Ojo and Phil Cofer are back after being beset by injuries last season. Ojo, a 7-foot-1 senior center, missed all of last year due to a knee injury while Cofer, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, played in only 11 games before having ankle surgery.MORE EXPERIENCED BACON: Bacon said that conference play did wear him down but that he has worked during the offseason on conditioning along with his perimeter shooting. The 6-foot-7 sophomore guard struggled last season on shots beyond 15 feet.RATHAN-MAYES BACK ON POINT: Xavier Rathan-Mayes saw his scoring average drop from 14.9 to 11.8, but if Hamiltons system lives up to its expectations of having more players creating opportunities, that should allow the 6-foot-4 junior to have more chances. As a true point guard last season, Rathan-Mayes was focused more on trying to get the ball to teammates instead of taking an open shot.TOUGH START TO CONFERENCE PLAY: Florida State has a favorable non-conference slate, which includes an appearance in the Preseason NIT tournament, but it will be tested early in conference play. Five of the Seminoles first seven ACC games are at home, but there is a stretch from Jan. 10-21 where they face Duke, go to North Carolina and then host Notre Dame and Louisville.---Online:AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org ' ' '

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