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To say the least, Alabama has owned the Gators the past two years. In the last two meetings, the Crimson Tide have outscored the Gators 63-19. In these two wins, the Tide have completely shut down the Gators offense and have walked all over their defense.
Although John Brantley is a key player for the Florida offense, the Gators do not need him to have the biggest game of his life to win, although it would help. However, they are relying on Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey to carry them on offense. Both of these players are capable of having a big game and have had great seasons so far, with 1,015 total yards combined.
The Swamp is one of the toughest places to play at in college football. Alabama's quarterback, AJ McCarron, is going to have a tough time playing in this kind of environment. He has played decent so far, but not great by any means. If you match McCarron's numbers up with John Brantley's, they are almost identical. The only difference is that Brantley has been here before and he is used to playing in big games.
Alabama's defense may be one of the best in the country, but Florida's offense will match up a lot better than it did last year. Charlie Weis is one of the best offensive coaches in the game, and he has helped to make Florida's offense one of the best in all of college football. Alabama's defense will definitely keep Alabama in this game, but Florida has a great defense as well and a better offense to go with it.
With all of this said, Florida is going to be all that Alabama can handle. The Gators have a solid team and the Crimson Tide will have to play on the road in the Swamp, which is a tough test for any team.
Prediction: Florida Wins.