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Mark Ingram will run all over the Gators Defense
Alabama and Florida square off in Tuscaloosa Saturday night, a rematch of the last two Southeastern Conference title games (SEC).
A loss in this game will not ruin either team's chances for an SEC or BCS title. Alabama and Florida represent the West and East divisions of the SEC, respectively, meaning they could meet again in early December with the SEC title on the line.
Alabama has the most to gain in this heavyweight fight. This is the second consecutive week in which Alabama is matched up against a top 10 team, barely surviving a solid effort from Arkansas last week.
The Crimson Tide offense is a very experienced group, led by quarterback Greg McElroy. McElroy does a great job running the offense, but the game will be decided by the effectiveness of Alabama's running game.
Led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Alabama will try to run all over Florida. Sophomore Trent Richardson will provide a nice change of pace when Ingram needs a rest. Richardson was excellent last year as a true freshman, compiling 751 rush yards and eight touchdowns.
Florida will need to prove to the nation and their fans that the Gators can win against a top SEC rival in prime time.
The experience Florida valued so much the past few years is gone, and regardless of the outcome, this game will help the maturity of the younger Gator players—especially quarterback John Brantley.
Brantley has had issues dealing with the play clock this season, and the Alabama crowd will certainly make his life awfully tough.
Prediction: Alabama wins 35-14