This is the final tuneup for the Gators before the SEC season begins next week. So look for them to fine-tune things, particularly on defense, and try to correct the mistakes of last week's 41-3 season-opening victory over Florida Atlantic. Coach Will Muschamp said Florida won't hold anything back offensively in hopes of catching SEC-opening opponent Tennessee off guard, so expect to see more plays run for others besides the running back duo of Chris Rainey, right, and Jeff Demps. This is the season opener for UAB, which plays three of its first four on the road. Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said not having current game film of UAB made preparations a little more complicated. Blazers coach Neil Callaway said he believes the advantage might go to the Gators: "The fact they have a game under their belt is going to give them a little advantage."
Antonya English, Times staff writer
No. 18 Florida vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 7 p.m., FSN, 1250-AM
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The Gators face a team that is expected to provide more of a challenge than Florida Atlantic did last week. The Blazers are a veteran team, with 16 returning starters. That includes senior Pat Shed, their leading rusher last season (847 yards, three touchdowns.)