Gator News And World Report (10/1/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, October 1, 2005. The buzz is back; A return to past glory hangs in the balance; Alabama QB Croyle could win - but not alone; Make no mistake, it's Croyle at QB; Alabama, Florida On Same Coaster; 'Bama lets good times roll again; Routine rules Gators' pre-game; Florida coach breaks down each game meticulously before moving on to next game; Facing No. 5 Florida nice measuring stick for No. 15 Tide and more...

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The buzz is back
In Tuscaloosa, going out to dinner has taken on a whole new meaning for Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle.

A return to past glory hangs in the balance
here is no shortage of rivalries for the Florida football team, not when your schedule is sprinkled with spikes like Tennessee, Louisiana State, Georgia and Florida State. Today the Gators play at Alabama - proof that you don't need familiarity to breed contempt.

Alabama QB Croyle could win - but not alone
Just how much paint is there in the state of Alabama? How many blank canvases are there? How many Alabama walls are crying out for a mural? How many T-shirts can be mass-produced in a week? How many artists can the University of Alabama sue at one time?

Gator gab
Five questions with UF tight end Tate Casey Q: You had a Mohawk during two-a-days. Why did you cut it off? A: Well, when you have a girlfriend you can't keep something like that for that long. I just wanted to bring some fun into two-a-days. Q: Who is your fav

Make no mistake, it's Croyle at QB
What Alabama gains with having quarterback Brodie Croyle healthy isn't measured in touchdown passes or third-down scrambles.

Sports extra
2 cents It was October 1979, and the University of Florida football team was on its way to the worst season (0-10-1) in program history.

Alabama, Florida On Same Coaster
The photos on the walls at Dreamland Barbecue tell the story of University of Alabama football, but it isn't tough to spot the gaping hole in the narrative.

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.

'Bama lets good times roll again
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- These days, Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle walks the street of Tuscaloosa to honking horns and waving strangers.

Who gets the edge?
The Gators struggled to run the ball against Tennessee and will have trouble against the Tide. Alabama's linebackers are better than Tennessee's, and it's going to be hard to run wide on them. Indeed, this will be the best linebacker group the Gators will see until they play FSU. ADVANTAGE: Alabama

Florida at Alabama
QUICK SLANT: This is the second real test for the Gators. This is the first test of any kind for the Tide.

Alabama is searching for some respect after UF defensive end Jeremy Mincey said that today's matchup against the undefeated Tide `could be a blowout.'
How about a little respect? That's what they want at Alabama, where some of the players were upset this week by comments made by Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey.

Routine rules Gators' pre-game
The movie The Hunt for Red October was showing for something like the sixth straight Friday night.

Also D in Florida
Florida's unstoppable offense. Chris Leak's dazzling exploits. Urban Meyer's brilliant system.

Florida coach breaks down each game meticulously before moving on to next game
Josh Portis knew that Florida football coach Urban Meyer would consider losing the football a grievous error. What he didn't expect was what happened when he trudged to the sideline with his head hanging after fumbling late in the game against Kentucky last Saturday.

Big day for Tide and Shula
The moment has arrived for Mike Shula. It's all there in front of him. A win today and he's the darling of college football, having beaten the game's newest wunderkind. One more and he's got his signature win and finally evened his coaching mark at Alabama. One more win and he can tell all the critics to kindly take a hike and all the bandwagon jumpers to get on board or get lost. It's all seems so simple.

Facing No. 5 Florida nice measuring stick for No. 15 Tide
Bryant-Denny Stadium hasn't been set abuzz like this in six years. With unbeaten and fifth-ranked Florida in town to take on unbeaten and No. 15 Alabama today (2:30 p.m., CBS), the winner can stake its spot near the summit of SEC title game contenders.

Tide should dominate on the line, beat Gators
Buzzed about Bama's big game? It's oh, so trendy to be. I've got your trends right here: Alabama is 0-6 vs. Top 5 teams in Tuscaloosa.

Tide looks to Zow for good karma
It's a karma thing. Gotta be. Former Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow was asked to run out the game ball prior to today's 2:30 p.m. Southeastern Conference showdown between the 15th-ranked Crimson Tide (4-0) and fifth-ranked Florida (4-0) because of his success against the Gators.

Games rarely bigger for Tide
OK, good news. The game is today. Win or lose, for better or worse, whether it's "Go Gators!" or "Roll Tide!," the most talked about game of the 21st century for Alabama will begin and end today.

Gators' Jackson has no love for 'Bama
It's about an hour drive from Chad Jackson's home in Hoover to one of the most storied programs in college football.

Tide facing questions in tough test
By sundown, we'll know. We'll know if Brodie Croyle is a big-game quarterback. We'll know if this Alabama defense is one of the nation's elite. We'll know if Mike Shula can make the split-second decisions that are necessary in games of this magnitude.

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