Alabama Rolls Up The Gators (And Brantley’s Leg)
The game started promising for Florida with a 65-yard touchdown to Andre Debose on the opening play of the game. After holding Alabama to a field goal, Florida looked ready to show its retooled offensive success as they drove down the field again resulting in a Caleb Sturgis field goal. From that point on, it was all Alabama.
First and foremost, Alabama completely shut down the Florida running game of Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps. Rainey and Demps combined for 8 yards on 14 carries. Last week, they combined for over 400 yards. Clear domination by Alabama’s defense.
John Brantley looked very good until Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw decided to ruin his life; first by an interception taken to the house, then to rub it in, destroying his leg and knocking him out of the game. Here are the two plays:
Freshman Jeff Driskel got his baptism by fire by getting his first real action against Alabama’s defense inside his own ten yard line. While his athleticism looked good (he had the best run of the game for Florida), his passing did not. Gator fans are left to wonder what the rest of October will look like with Brantley potentially out.
Meanwhile, A.J. McCarron again played his part and did what was asked of him. Trent Richardson looks like the best running back in the country. Richardson ran for a dominant 181 yards on 29 carries. Career bests for Richardson in both categories. I’m really impressed with Richardon’s combination of strength and speed. Also, he runs so patiently waiting each time for his blockers to get into place before kicking it into another gear. He truly looks like an NFL back out there.
The Alabama offensive line has really come together since looking average a few weeks ago. They did not give up a single sack and looked fantastic on the run game against a very good defensive line for Florida.
The other big winner tonight? The Georgia Bulldogs. South Carolina goes down to Auburn and Florida loses their quarterback leaving major question marks with a still tough October schedule ahead. The Bulldogs are very much alive in the East.
In the west, clearly the most important game of the year (as we anticipated prior to the start of the season) will be the Nov 5th matchup between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama is getting better every week and we all know LSU is legitimate.
Alabama wins their third straight game against Florida going back to the 2009 SEC Championship Game. Final score: 38-10.