Two of the nation's elite go head-to-head on Saturday night when the No. 12 Florida Gators take on the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide.
These are two defensive minded teams that will look to the ground to make their attack. Florida head coach Will Muschamp will try to take down his former mentor in Nick Saban.
With these two teams similar in style and scheme, the game will come down to who executes the game plan with flawless acumen.
This is going to be a tightly contested match between two of the best in the nation. So let's take a closer look at this exciting Saturday clash.
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida
When: Saturday, October 1, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Betting Line: Courtesy of Betonline.com
Spread: Alabama -3.5
If you ever wondered what it would look like for Alabama to play themselves, this would be the game to watch.
Florida and Alabama are two defensively-minded programs who put an emphasis on running the ball. Alabama will have to face the same grit in a running game they have executed against others for weeks.
Who Might Not Play for Alabama
According to USA Today, LB C.J. Mosley (elbow) questionable, RB Eddie Lacy (turf toe) probable, LB Chris Jordan questionable
Who Might Not Play for Florida
According to USA Today, TE Jordan Reed (ankle) probable, WR/KR Andre Debose probable, CB Jeremy Brown (knee) out
BCS/Top-25 Poll Implications
You couldn't ask for a bigger game with season-altering implications. One of these teams will have a great deal of kissing up to do with voters after this game.
Alabama could move into the two spot with a commanding win. Voters proved they can shuffle things up when the moved LSU up to No. 1 last week.
What They're Saying
Alabama head coach Nick Saban offers some opinion on the Florida offense. "They’re not the typical zone option, sort of spread, Mississippi State, old Florida. It’s not that. But they do a great job of featuring the talent and the players that they have and what they do well, which I always thought Florida’s old offense did that as well."
Greg Stoda of CBS Sports offers an assessment of where he sees Will Muschamp's future. "Six years. That's my over-under on how long Will Muschamp lasts as head football coach at the University of Florida. Not because he'll get fired -- heck, no -- Muschamp likely will have put at least one Southeastern Conference and/or national championship bauble in the trophy case by then, but because he'll have Meyer-ized himself."
Alabama Player To Watch
Trent Richardson is the featured running back on a program that loves to run. Every last NFL team with a need in the back field has him on their radar. He will no doubt be the start of the show Saturday night.
Florida Player To Watch
Chris Rainey is the counter weight to Alabama's best asset. The Gators can run as well, and will give the ball to Rainey early and often.
It will be tough for Rainey to capture his fourth straight 100-yard game, but it will be fun to watch him try.
Both teams will be measured on how they can contain the run. What I am interested to see is if the Tide can get a consistent effort from quarterback AJ McCarron in this marquee game. Another great game should quiet critics on the only hole the Tide seem to have.
On the Hot Seat
Both coaches couldn't be more safe from the hot seat. Even a loss here for either coach would do little to their leeway with fans.
Alabama 30, Florida 27