LSU running backs warm up before an NCAA college football game against Florida in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
There was a lot at stake for the No. 21 Florida Gators as they arrived in LSU's Death Valley for the 63rd meeting of the historical Southeastern Conference rivals. So, predictably, emotions were running high from the outset.
During warmups, a scuffle erupted near midfield. Coaches and even police working security detail in Tiger Stadium hustled over to separate players.
The scene was captured on video and posted on social by several people viewing warmups from the sidelines.
The rivalry is real.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 19, 2016
Then, on the opening kickoff, Florida's Vosean Joseph had his helmet ripped off by LSU's Devin White.
White was called for a personal foul, which mean Florida started the game's opening offensive series at its 40-yard line, but the Gators were unable to capitalize because of a drive-stalling by blitzing defensive back Dwayne Thomas.
Thomas was among those involved in the pregame scuffle and could be seen being picked up and carried away from it by teammate Michael Divinity.
One video of the scuffle catches some of Thomas' involvement and also shows star LSU running back Leonard Fournette shoving Florida defensive backs coach Torrian Gray away from a cluster of LSU players and coaches.
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The Gators needed to win to clinch the SEC East, while a loss would open the way for Tennessee to take the East by winning out. The stakes were also pretty high for No. 16 LSU, which needed to win out to remain a front runner for the SEC's Sugar Bowl bid (assuming No. 1 Alabama winds up in the College Football Playoff).
It was also the Tigers' final home game of the season.