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The 2021 college football season has already been a whirlwind for the No.11 Florida Gators, and it only gets harder on Saturday as they host No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The most frequent clash in SEC Championship Game history takes place in Gainesville, Fla., For the first time in a decade, as the Gators look to shake off their significant struggles against the Tide in the past 12 years.
Suffice it to say, Alabama has trampled Florida in recent times with seven straight wins in the series dating back to 2009. The thrilling 2020 SEC Championship game back-and-forth. Head coaches aside, the two sidelines will be very different on Saturday. Alabama has a new slew of assistants, including two former NFL head coaches. Both teams have completely reworked the offenses, although it appears that Bama has a significant advantage over Florida in this area entering the game due to his quarterback play.
The Gators don’t just fight the call sign; they have a legitimate quarterback controversy. Junior Redshirt Emory Jones had his first two career starts, but he also threw four interceptions against lesser competition and showed a lot of disturbing traits. Meanwhile, red-shirted freshman Anthony Richardson has been from another world with a season of scoring games in just a handful of games. Richardson, who is healing a hamstring he strained at the end of an 80-yard touchdown last week, is questionable for the game after training all week.
There’s a ton at stake on Saturday in The Swamp as reigning national champion Tide has college football playoff aspirations. As for the Gators? They are looking for their biggest victory under this regime and a rare victory over a leading opponent. (Check out the game notes to find out exactly how rare such wins have been at UF.)
What will happen on Saturday afternoon when Florida hosts Alabama? Let’s find out.
Tale of the Band
|No. 11 Florida Gators||# 1 Alabama Crimson Tide|
|The Head Coach||Dan Mullen||Nick saban|
Injuries and absences
Active: QB Anthony Richardson (hamstring) – Richardson warmed up with the team and did a backflip on the pitch before kick-off.
Questionable (2): CB Elijah Blades (hamstrings), OL Jean Delance (knee)
Output (1): LB Ventrell Miller (ripped biceps – indefinitely)
Off season (2): CB Jaydon Hill (knee), DB Kamar Wilcoxson (knee)
Notable inactive (?): To be announced before kick-off
Dated: Saturday September 18 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Site: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [88,548]
Florida lag behind Alabama 27-14 in the all-time series. Historically, the Crimson Tide have been the most dominant in The Swamp with an 8-2 record in the Gators’ own house. Florida has lost seven straight games to Alabama since 2009, including four SEC Championship game meetings. UF’s average defeat margin in these games is 21.6 points.
The Gators are welcoming the tide to the swamp for the first time since 2011 and only the third time this century.
This is the first time Florida has hosted the nation’s No.1 ranked team since 2002. The Gators are 3-12 against the No.1 teams. They’ve never beaten one in the regular season and are 0-4 against such opponents in The Swamp.
Alabama are the only SEC team Mullen has yet to defeat in his head coaching career (0-10, 0-1 UF).
Under Mullen, Florida are 22-3 when they score first, 27-2 when they lead after the third quarter, 21-0 when they allow 20 points or less and 23-0 when they allow 20 points or less. ahead of his opponents.
UF is 7-8 when overtaken by an opponent and 6-4 in games decided by 10 points or less.
Florida is 6-8 against ranked opponents (2-2 against top five teams, 4-5 against top 10 teams) and 23-3 against unranked teams under Mullen. It’s also 12-1 against non-conference opponents.
The Gators have scored over 24 points in 28 of their last 31 games.
Florida have 174 offensive touchdowns in 40 games under Mullen (4.4 per game). He scored 93 in 38 games from 2015 to 2017 (2.5). UF have also scored more than 50 points on five occasions under Mullen, up from five times in 101 games from 2010 to 2017.
The Gators have recorded over 400 yards of total offense in 12 straight games, the longest such streak since at least 1981. Their 666 yards against South Florida in week two were the most important of all. matches under Mullen.
UF’s 400 rushing yards in Week 1 against FAU are the most important in program history under Mullen and the most important for any FBS team this season. He also leads the nation with 381.5 rushing yards per game.
Florida is one of two FBS teams at the national level (Alabama) that have not lost to an opponent who has finished the season in a loss record since 2004.
UF has scored in 412 straight games, an NCAA record.
Prediction and analysis
Disseminate: Florida +14 | WHERE : 60
In over a decade of operating this website, it’s been rare to see the Gators step into a game as a double-digit underdog. Especially at home. Still, that’s Florida’s position on Saturday as Alabama strolls through The Swamp. And maybe the worst of all for UF, it’s deserved. While the Crimson Tides haven’t necessarily faced stiff competition this season, their dominating nature coupled with their formidable play so far makes them look like a much better team than the Gators.
The talent disparity is obvious, and more importantly, the quarterback position is an outlier. While Florida has a huge talent at Richardson, he comes into the game recovering from hamstring strain with no indication that he will be getting any additional shots despite having dominated Jones at this point in time. the season. Meanwhile, Bryce Young of Alabama is arguably the first leader in the Heisman Trophy race. Defensively, the Tides have fully reloaded, while the Gators continue to grope in key moments.
You may have skipped the “play notes” section above looking for my picks against the spread. Scroll up and read the first four bullets. Seriously, I’ll wait. Back? OKAY. Florida is not going to win this game. Now that you know he’s not going to win this game, the question is what is more likely: The Gators run down the field to the Tide and match their opponent on both sides of the ball … or Florida is surpassed by a more talented, cohesive team that is unfazed when playing games like this on the road?
The Gators stand a chance here if Mullen hatches a hellish game plan, Richardson makes dynamic plays, and Young gets shaken by the toughest crowd he’ll meet in his young career. We saw Florida match Alabama scorecard just 10 months ago, but it was a different attack led by a different quarterback with a lot more playmakers. UF will have to make multiple plays in the game. passing game to beat Bama, and he’s yet to prove he can do it this season. Football will also have to be careful, yet Jones threw four interceptions in two games against FAU and USF. It’s the wrong game for the Gators at the wrong time, and it’s going to be extremely difficult to cover. The total is high, but it is more likely than not to exceed.
Records 2021: ATS selects 0-2 | O / U chooses 0-2
Florida will return to their traditional orange helmets, blue jerseys and white pants after wearing unique uniforms for the first two games of the season.
“Gainesville will host” SEC Nation “on SEC Network, the “College GameDay” style launch show with Tim Tebow. This is the Gators’ 19th appearance on the show and the 11th time the program has visited Gainesville. UF is 9-9 all-time on “SEC Nation”, including 5-5 at home.