We Reveal All About Tide To Curious Gators

Our Scout.com colleague, Bob Redman of FightinGators.com, answered questions from Alabama fans about the Florida Gators. We returned the favor with these answers to questions about Bama from Florida fans.

Alabama (3-0) and Florida (2-0) meet at 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. central) Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. CBS will televise the game.

Here are questions about the Crimson Tide and our answers:

Are Saban and Smart (Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Bama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart) overly concerned about any position on the Florida offense other than running back?

I’m not sure about “overly concerned,” but rest assured Nick Saban is concerned about every aspect of Florida’s football team. He has mentioned quarterback Jeff Driskel and tight end Clay Burton and the three wide receivers, along with tailbacks Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor. He didn’t mention the offensive linemen, probably because he knows that sportswriters aren’t that interested.

What part of the Florida defense does Lane Kiffin think he can exploit better than the other positions?

When you’re looking at a Florida defense that is giving up only 4.3 yards per play (second only to LSU in the SEC), the term “exploit” probably doesn’t come up. Alabama expects it to be very difficult by air or by land against a very good Gators defense.

What has Bama's defensive line rotation been like through the first three games? How many guys have they been rotating in and how many do you expect them to rotate in on Saturday?

Alabama has played 10 men in its three-man defensive front and eight of those could be said to be in the regular rotation. Bama sometimes has a four-man look, too. Only one man, soph defensive end Jonathan Allen, has started all three games. Alabama seems to have a group of five or six “fast twitch” players more suited to playing against the spread formation.

Is Saban at all concerned about his team overlooking us??

No. This has been considered a huge game at Alabama almost since the end of last season, and certainly throughout pre-season camp and early season games.

What are the defense's strengths and weaknesses?

The strength is the front seven, where there is quality depth. The weakness is safety, where Jarrick Williams (who played nickel) is out with a broken foot and Nick Perry (free safety) is suspended for the first half against Florida because of a targeting call against Southern Miss last week.

Is there still much of a quarterback controversy?

There has not been a quarterback controversy because one player, fifth-year senior Blake Sims, has performed much better than expected and much better than Jake Coker, who transferred from Florida State. Saban has said both will continue to play.

Who are most of the fans pulling for at quarterback?

Before the start of the season, I would have said Coker, because Sims had been more of a wildcat type in his three years as back-up to A.J. McCarron. Most fans, though, wanted the man who performed best, and I would say that Sims is now the overwhelming fan favorite.

Any thought to getting more than one of the stud running backs on the field at the same time?

Yes. Saban has said that Kenyan Drake, a speedster, could be used along with T.J. Yeldon and/or Derrick Henry with Drake in that case likely to be in motion in hopes of getting a mismatch against a linebacker on a swing pass or wheel route.

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