Saturday's Game Matches SEC Leaders
The game features two undefeated and ranked teams and, moreover, the two winningest teams in the Southeastern Conference since 2007. In the last four-plus seasons, Florida has the SEC's best mark at 47-11 (81 per cent winning percentage) followed by Alabama at 42-11 (79.2 per cent).
Five Alabama victories in 2007 were vacated by NCAA order because Crimson Tide players violated text book allowances.
Alabama and Florida have gone head-to-head three times in that period. The Gators took the 2008 SEC Championship Game over by 31-20 en route to the national championship. In 2009 Alabama went undefeated and won the national championship, and defeated Florida in the SEC Championship Game by 32-13. Last year in Tuscaloosa the Crimson Tide was a 31-6 winner.
Alabama has an all-time record of 22-14 against the Gators.
This week Alabama is ranked third in the Associated Press poll and tied for second with LSU in the USA Today Coaches Poll. LSU is ranked first in the AP rankings. Florida is 12th in both rankings.
The SEC has five teams ranked this week with South Carolina 10th in the AP and ninth in the Coaches and Arkansas 18th in both. Bama is coming off a 38-24 win over Arkansas.
Alabama has been ranked in 53 straight polls, which is the longest streak in the nation. The streak began with the first poll of the 2008 season. Boise State has been ranked in 50 consecutive polls and TCU in 46.
Alabama is the top SEC team in the national rankings in pass defense this week with the Tide ranked third giving up 138.25 yards per game. Florida is 20th, allowing 175.25 passing yards per game. Also ranked in the top 25 are Georgia eighth, South Carolina 13th, Kentucky 14th, and Vanderbilt 25th.
The Gators rank 15th in the nation and first in the SEC in scoring offense at 40.25 points per game. Bama is 21st at 38.5 points per game. Arkansas and LSU are tied for 18th, Georgia is 26th, and Tennessee 30th.
Alabama is second in the nation in total defense and Florida is fifth. Alabama, LSU, and Florida are three, four, and five in rushing defense.
Florida field goal kicker Caleb Sturgis leads the nation in field goals made per game.
Last week for the first time in the history of the SEC there were three punt returns for more than 80 yards on the same weekend. Alabama's Marquis Maze had the longest at 83 yards, followed by Chad Bumphis of Mississippi State (82 yards) vs. Louisiana Tech, and Nick Brassell of Ole Miss (81) vs. Georgia.
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