A year ago, the Gators offensive line got roughhoused by LSU during a 41-11 pounding. On Saturday, the improved front five will be the biggest key in Florida's quest to upset the fourth-best team in the nation.
After facing serious depth and size issues in 2011, Will Muschamp, offensive line coach Tim Davis and strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman have molded the flawed group into a stouter, meaner unit.
The early yields have been tremendous, as the Gators boast the nation's No. 20 rushing attack.
Although the play up front has been mostly solid, the Gators have yet to face a defensive front as talented as LSU's. The starting five will have its hands full in blocking Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo and Co.
Besides the offensive line, this close matchup could be swung by special teams, turnovers and the running game.
Saturday's matchup has the potential to be an old-fashioned slugfest, and the Gators finally have a legitimate chance to scratch out a win against the Tigers.
Let's take a look at the five keys to a Gators win.