No. 7 Florida at No. 1 Alabama, 8, Ch. 10, 1250-AM
Florida and Alabama, both 4-0 overall, meet for the first time since the Tide's 32-13 win in last season's SEC title game, which ruined UF's chance to play for consecutive national championships. Both lost a ton of players from last season's teams, and both have a roster filled with players who've never played in this kind of game. Unfortunately for the Gators, this isn't at a neutral site. And more bad news for them came Friday with the loss of kicker Caleb Sturgis to injury.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
What to watch for …
The running game. Alabama has reigning Heisman winner Mark Ingram and the equally talented Trent Richardson, who have combined for 664 yards on 80 carries (8.3 average). Florida has freshman Trey Burton, left, who last week scored six touchdowns (five rushing); Jeff Demps, who has been hampered by a sprained left foot; and Emmanuel Moody, who is recovering from a thigh bruise. That leaves Mike Gillislee as its only other healthy back. The Gators got off to a quick start offensively last week for the first time all season and must do so again. They have been stellar stopping the run, but this is a formidable offensive line. If the Tide gets its running game going, it opens the passing for QB Greg McElroy and WR Julio Jones.