Gator News And World Report (9/30/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, September 30, 2005. A Bear of a burden; Florida receiver runs right route after all; Alabama, Florida getting swagger back; Alabama-Florida draws national media attention; Showdown Weekend for No. 20 LAdy Vols as They Host No. 11 Florida, South Carolina; Complex Gators face tough Tide; Alabama defense, crowd worry Gators and more...

Florida Gator Football

Ramzee Robinson grew up in Huntsville, Ala., so he knew University of Alabama football.

Honored: during a pregame ceremony, the thousands of victims who died in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama because of Hurricane Katrina. LSU officials organized the ceremony, which took place before the game against Tennessee on Monday, to also honor the victims of Hurricane Rita in Texas and Louisiana. LSU athletes representing those four states carried the state flags out onto the field before a moment of silence.

Ever So Close
It has been a long time. Six seasons long, to be exact. Six seasons of diminished expectations. Six seasons with scandal -- and the fallout.

Leak Yet To Be Picked Off
GAINESVILLE - Everybody's seen it before. A pitcher breezes through 7 2/3 innings without surrendering a hit. Then, just as the commentator reminds viewers of the no-no … whap … base hit back up the middle.

Travel plans are up in air for LSU game
Florida officials said Wednesday they've made no official decision about the logistics of the football team's trip to LSU in two weeks. But information from Tennessee's trip there earlier this week might affect the Gators' plan.

A Bear of a burden
The cliché about filling footprints has never been lost on Mike Shula, but no one could have expected this -- or prepared for it.

Meyer downplays home-field edge
Florida's Gators shouldn't be worried about Alabama's home-field advantage. At least that's what their coach said Thursday.

Florida receiver runs right route after al
Even after Chad Jackson spurned Alabama to sign with Florida, he found himself thinking about playing for his home-state school.

The 'Book
Count your blessings, Cards fans. The 'Book hears that Rose Bowl traffic can be a real headache (and we know you don't like to come to games early). Plus, it can get a bit chilly at night in Pasadena. Who wants to pack for that?

Alabama, Florida getting swagger back
Florida's Jeremy Mincey isn't bold enough to guarantee a blowout over No. 15 Alabama.

Standing at the center of attention
You wouldn't be too far off in calling Florida center Mike Degory a "coach" on the field.

Gator offense keeps you honest
Throughout the summer months and the beginning weeks of the college football season, the media has focused much of its time on Urban Meyer's offense and Chris Leak's ability as a quarterback - and for good reason.

Crossing enemy lines
There is no denying the importance of this weekend's game between the No. 5 Florida Gators and the No. 15 Crimson Tide. For nine men, it's even more important.

'Bama ready to roll
He was a Crimson Tide quarterback and now he's a Crimson Tide head coach, and — heavens to houndstooth hat — it doesn't get much more 'Bama-in-the-blood than that.

Alabama-Florida draws national media attention
After Alabama's win over Arkansas last week that set up Saturday's big game against Florida, Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle talked about how he looks forward to playing in a national spotlight.

'Bama to see if Tide rolling in or out
So is 'Bama back? The nation will find out Saturday when No. 16 Alabama hosts No. 5 Florida. Certainly, it's been an agonizing stretch for Crimson Tide fans, whose expectations often exceed the reality of little things such as NCAA probation, scholarship loss, coaching chaos and a quarterback with bad knees.

Complex Gators face tough Tide
Alabama is off to its best start in nine years. Florida hasn't lost since Urban Meyer took over. If they keep it up, Saturday's Tide-Gators showdown could be a sneak preview of December's SEC championship game in Atlanta. Instead of looking at the game through the eyes of the high-profile quarterbacks, we asked star safeties Jarvis Herring (Florida) and Roman Harper (Alabama) to break things down, with a little help from their coaches:

Alabama defense, crowd worry Gators
Urban Meyer's defense passed the Tennessee test. And against Kentucky, it was Florida's offense that came through in its first road test of the season.

Florida Gator Soccer

Showdown Weekend for No. 20 LAdy Vols as They Host No. 11 Florida, South Carolina
Regaining a No. 20 ranking in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas poll after a weekend sweep to start Southeastern Conference play, the Tennessee soccer team hosts archrival and 11th-ranked Florida on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Regal Soccer Complex for the SEC-TV Game of the Week. The weekend continues as the Gamecocks of South Carolina roll into Knoxville for a 2 p.m. game that will air Tuesday on Comcast Sports Southeast at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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