TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team was back on the field Wednesday for a two-hour workout in helmets and shoulder pads as they prepare for fifth-ranked Florida.
"We have had two very good practices," said head coach Mike Shula. "They do a lot of very good things in all phases. We spent a little more time in practice working on special teams because they do a lot of good things on special teams. It is that time of year where guys are nicked up and have to push themselves."
The Crimson Tide will play its second straight SEC road game on Saturday in Gainesville. It will be the first back-to-back conference road games for Alabama since 2000 when they faced LSU and Mississippi State in two straight weekends, losing both contests. It is the 22nd time in school history the Crimson Tide will play conference games on the road in consecutive weeks.
The Gators are 4-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 123-34. At Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida has dominated its opponents, allowing only 14 points in three games while scoring 98 points. The Gators are second in the SEC in scoring offense at 30.8 points per game. The defense has also been impressive, allowing only 229.2 yards per contest.
"I think every one of us realize the kind of football team we are playing, a very good football team," said Shula. "We are playing in their stadium, it is going to be loud and we have to play our best game of the year just to have a chance. This team is a lot different than the team we played last year. They have improved each week since last year when we played them and they have a lot going for them right now."
Alabama leads the nation in time of possession, averaging 35:41 minutes a game. The Crimson Tide will try to continue that trend and keep the SEC's top offense off the field. The key to the time of possession has been the defense has been able to force 12 turnovers this season with eight interceptions while the offense has only turned it over five times.
The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by CBS with Verne Lundquist calling the play-by-play, Gary Danielson as the analyst and Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter.