Video: Here's what LSU players had to say about upcoming matchup with No. 7 Florida

Glen West

LSU players made it very clear on Monday that while they respect Florida and its players, that doesn't mean they have to like them. Here's what some of them said about the top-10 matchup on Saturday and the challenges the Gators present on offense and defense.

Tiger senior defensive end Breiden Fehoko said the rivalry between LSU and Florida is one of the strongest in all of the SEC, because of some of the historic moments that have occurred on and off the field.

"We don't like them, they don't like us but it is what it is," Fehoko said. "You don't want to put too much mental exertion into that stuff because it'll take away from all the energy you put into the game physically. I think if we just focus on us I think we're going to be good."

"Florida-LSU is a big rivalry in the SEC," junior safety JaCoby Stevens added. "It's going to be a very chippy game come Saturday. Coach O is always going to keep things level headed but I think he's kind of into it as well."

Check out all the full interviews below:  

JaCoby Stevens (junior safety)

Stevens on Florida-LSU rivalry

Patrick Queen (junior linebacker)

Queen on defensive gameplan vs Florida

Breiden Fehoko (senior defensive end)

Fehoko on how the defense is helping offense prepare for speedy Florida d-line

Ja'Marr Chase (sophomore receiver) 

Chase on going against Derek Stingley in practice and how it's helped him on the field

Lloyd Cushenberry (senior center)

Cushenberry on tough task of facing off against talented Florida defensive line