GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is calling Saturday night's
game against Alabama a "line-of-scrimmage" affair.
Without question, the third-ranked Crimson Tide and the
12th-ranked Gators want to run and stop the run. It's fundamental
football in the Southeastern Conference, and essential for both
teams this season.
Alabama ranks second in the conference in rushing -- averaging
231 yards a game thanks mostly to Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy -- and leads the league leads in rushing defense at 46 yards a game.
The Gators lead the SEC in rushing -- averaging 259 yards a game
behind speedsters Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps -- and rank third
against the run at 57 yards a game.
So it's strength against strength in the Swamp, a game likely
decided in the trenches, old-school football at its finest.
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