Florida-Alabama: Game Prediction and Announcements
Before I give my prediction for the Florida-Alabama game, I have a couple announcements about GatorRaid.com.
First, I'll be live-blogging the game between the Gators and the Crimson Tide Saturday night. All are welcome to comment, discuss, and ask questions in the comment section, so don't be afraid to fire away!
Secondly, this week's episode of "Gator Raiders" will not be recorded until Monday night, so expect it to be on GatorRaid.com and iTunes Tuesday morning.
Alright, now it's prediction time.
For the first three weeks of this season, thinking about the Florida-Alabama game made me cringe.
The Crimson Tide was dominant in blowout victories against San Jose State, Penn State, and Duke while the Gators were just so-so in their first three outings.
However, I learned two things last week: Alabama is beatable and Urban Meyer finally learned how to maximize Trey Burton's athletic versatility.
And while Florida hit their offensive stride at just the right time against Kentucky, I don't think it'll be enough to take down the Tide in Tuscaloosa.
Granted, the Gators have been using heavy packages on defense (five defensive lineman) since the Tennessee game in order to contain Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, Alabama's one-two punch in at running back.
But, excluding last weekend's performance against Arkansas, Tide quarterback Greg McElroy has the capability to win games through the air and threw for 239 yards against Florida in last season's SEC Championship Game.
The Florida defense has been stellar so far this season, but they will struggle against the Crimson Tide's multi-faceted offense.
Expect Burton, Jeff Demps, and Andre Debose to make some great plays for the Gators, but in the end, the nation's top-ranked team will prevail due mainly to the experience gap between the two teams.
Alabama 27 - Florida 17