As originally posted here.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (“The Swamp”), Gainesville, FL
High: 81/Low: 51
Rain Chance: 0%
When no. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC) travels to the Swamp against no. 12 Florida Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC), it may be a slugfest to see who can better pound the ball in the ground game in this key SEC matchup.
Both teams rely on running the ball as well as stuffing their opponents’ ground attack. The Crimson Tide give up 45.8 yards per game ranking third overall in FBS, while the Gators give up 56.5 tied for fifth. The Gators, however, lead SEC rushing at 259 yards and just 29.8 yards ahead of 2nd ranked Alabama.
The comparisons are obvious since first year Florida head coach Will Muschamp was an assistant to current Alabama head coach Nick Saban during their time at LSU and the Miami Dolphins.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron completed 15 of 20 for 200 yards and two touchdowns in their 38-14 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks last week. Running backs Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy accounted for 187 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown. Richardson also caught 3 balls for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Florida quarterback John Brantley completed 8 of 14 for 115 yards in their 48-10 drubbing of the Kentucky Wildcats. Running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey accounted for 262 yards of running and two touchdowns.
Not surprisingly enough, both quarterbacks and pairs of running backs share very similar stats for the season. McCarron is just 2.3 percent better in completions at 66.3 than Brantley and threw for just 27 more yards as well at 779. Both have thrown for four touchdowns and two interceptions. Both backup quarterbacks have even mustered two interceptions a piece.
Richardson averages 0.1 more yards per carry than Rainey at 6.5 on just four more carries at 67. Richardson ran for eight touchdowns while Rainey ran for two.
Demps averages 0.5 more yards per carry than Lacy at 9.4 with seven fewer carries and the same amount of rushing touchdowns at four. Lacy ran for more yards at 365 to Demps’ 320.
It may come down to the wire in the final few minutes between both undefeated SEC teams.
Alabama 17 – Florida 14