Will Muschamp’s new-look Gators are unbeaten after four games but now it’s time for the big test. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide are rolling into The Swamp and they won’t be looking to make friends. Al Dannity breaks down the first huge SEC game of the year.
Finally some offense After struggling to get anything going in 2010, the Gators finally look like a competent offensive outfit again. The arrival of Charlie Weis has been particularly beneficial to Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, who finally look like significant contributors and not bit parts in the Florida offense. The speedy tandem have propelled the Gators to #9 in rushing rankings.
The passing game remains a work in progress however as John Brantley is efficient but far from explosive. Charlie Weis is a miracle worker with quarterbacks. He managed to convince most of us that Brady Quinn, Jimmy Clausen, and Matt Cassel were all big time signal callers only for them to suffer once he moved on to pastures new. That Brantley has improved his efficiency is admirable but the Gators still can’t trust him to take over a game with his arm.
These guys are really scary I’ve raved plenty about the LSU Tigers this year but if there’s one team in College Football with the potential to surpass them it’s the Tide. Alabama’s defense is other-worldly. Last season we saw the rough cut. This was a team blessed with physical gifts but lacking the experience of working as a unit. College Football betting fans had better get ready for something big this Saturday night. The Crimson Tide possess the most flat-out frightening defense in the nation. Throw in Trent Richardson at running back, and you’ve got a recipe for pain. I haven’t even mentioned their special teams yet, I’d better fix that. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjBfKnhq-iE[/youtube]
The verdict Well this might not be pretty. Florida’s defense should be able to withstand the Tide for much of the first half but all they will be doing is delaying the inevitable. Bama simply won’t cave against Florida’s ground game and that’s going to remove any hope of an upset. In a year where we could, yet again, be looking at multiple unbeaten teams it’s imperative that Alabama finishes the season with a perfect slate. I like Nick Saban’s team to dominate and be clearly on top by the break, before finishing off the Gators in the third quarter.