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OMAHA, Neb. — For the third time in College World Series history, two SEC teams will square off for the national championship when familiar foes Florida and LSU take the field Monday.

The Tigers go for their seventh national title in school history after beating No. 1 overall seed Oregon State two days in a row, just days after a crushing 13-1 defeat to the Beavers. The Gators seek their first trophy in their 11th all-time trip to Omaha, advancing to the finals for the third time behind stellar pitching against TCU Saturday night.

“[It’s] just like SEC weekend, just more at stake,” LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson said.

Familiarity will be a focus in the best-of-three set as the co-SEC regular season champs meet at the sport’s grandest stage. However, both teams say they are significantly different than the versions that took the field in Gainesville back on March 24-26 in their last head-to-head meetings.

The Gators (50-19) took two out of three games against the Tigers (52-18) in that midseason meeting.

“I’ve always said it’s not who you play in your league, it’s when you play them. Because we all go through ups and downs,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “And that weekend has absolutely no bearing on what is going to happen here in the next few days.”

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