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Florida Gators playmaker Percy Harvin questionable for SEC title game against Alabama with ankle sprain

GAINESVILLE — Florida may have to play for the SEC title without star WR/RB Percy Harvin and DT Brandon Antwine.

Coach Urban Meyer said that Harvin is questionable this weekend against No. 1 Alabama. He sprained his right ankle with 6:44 remaining in the second quarter of Saturday's 45-15 win over FSU.

"It's going to be a day-to-day (situation)," Meyer said Sunday. "He certainly won't practice the first couple of days. But he's here, and he's moving around a little bit, so we'll see what happens."

Antwine, who injured his right knee, is doubtful for the game.

"He's here, but he's not moving around at all," Meyer said. "We'll know more (today)."

Meyer said the loss of Harvin affects the running and passing games about 50-50, saying it's tough to say which area will be hit harder.

POLLS: The 30-point win over FSU didn't impress the nation's coaches, as the Gators fell one spot to No. 4 in the coaches' poll. UF remained No. 2 in the Associated Press and Harris Interactive polls, and at No. 4 in the BCS standings.

PERFECT SPOT: The players have avoided getting caught up in the hype of several big games during their eight-game winning streak. That has the coaching staff feeling secure about the players' ability to keep things in perspective this week.

"For us right now, this team has been very, very mature," offensive coordinator Dan Mullen said. "Our whole goal this season was to win the SEC East. We did that. Now we have the opportunity to go to Atlanta, and you don't want to go in on a cold streak. Our guys have been very focused and handled everything with good maturity all year. And now it comes down to one game. Last spring and all summer, all you trained for is the opportunity to play for this one game right here."

The players like where they stand but insist they remain mindful of staying true to what got them here.

"We're hitting on all cylinders," senior WR Louis Murphy said. "But we can't take this for granted, because there could be slipups at any time. We have to prepare like we prepare every week."

DID YOU KNOW? Saturday's championship game will mark the seventh time that teams from the same conference have played each other when ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the AP poll, the most recent Nov. 18, 2006, when No. 1 Ohio State defeated visiting No. 2 Michigan 42-30 in Columbus.

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Florida: vs. Alabama, SEC Championship Game, at Atlanta, 4 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10

USF: at West Virginia, 8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2

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