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In a rematch of last year’s SEC Title game and a possible preview of this year’s title game, the Florida Gators travel to Tuscaloosa to face defending BCS Champions and number 1 ranked Alabama. This will actually be the first time in over 4 years that these two teams will meet in the regular season. Last year, the Tide rolled Tim Tebow and the Gators in Atlanta 32-13 to win the SEC. With Tim Tebow gone, the Gators are led by John Brantley who has done an admiral job at quarterback. He’s completed 64% of his passes for 6 touchdowns and only 1 interception. The Gators are 13th in the Nation against the run allowing only 94 yards a game, but they will be tested big time today. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram returned three weeks ago from an injury and has averaged over 9 yards a carry in his first 2 games. Overall the Alabama offense is ranked 6th in total offense with 511 yards a game. They also boast the number 1 ranked scoring defense in the Nation allowing only 9.8 points a game.
Looking at who both these teams have played so far this season you would have to give the edge to the Tide. They had no trouble in their first 3 games and then earned a hard fought win at a very good Arkansas team. Florida played poorly in their opener against Miami Ohio and then let a bad Tennessee team stick around too long 2 weeks ago. The Gators are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 against Alabama and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. If Alabama can beat the Gators by 19 points on a neutral field against Tim Tebow, there’s no reason to think they can’t do much the same at home.
Pick: Alabama -8
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