Despite a very strong showing from the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville last weekend, the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide were able to pull out a 24-20 victory to remain the nation's top-ranked team.
Even though 'Bama didn't play a very good game, they were able to get the job done and rally from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter thanks to their experience.
The Crimson Tide is a veteran football team that has faced tough road battles before, and even though the Razorback fans created a hostile environment, Alabama kept its cool and did what they had to do to win.
However, that experience certainly didn't come to them overnight.
'Bama, as well as many other great teams before them, had to begin at ground zero before they became a championship-caliber squad, and Florida's current group of players is no different.
Of the 70 Gators that travelled to the Tennessee game earlier this season, 43 were underclassmen, and the travel arrangements for the Alabama game will probably be similar, if not the same.
Each and every Florida player needs to take in the atmosphere at the game Saturday, gain a feel for adversity, and then do his best to overcome it.
Games like these turn very good teams into great teams, and this is an opportunity for the Gators to begin that transition.