After a kick-off return and two home wins, the Florida Gators hit the road this Saturday to take on No. 2 ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Kick-off is slated for 3:30 p.m. (EST) with coverage provided nationally by CBS. The Baltimore Gator Club will once again be hosting a Watch Party at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row and we hope this is our biggest crowd yet! Every Gator fan will receive one free raffle ticket, with additional tickets available for $1 each, to win special Gator prizes! All proceeds from the raffle will go towards a scholarship for a Baltimore-area student attending UF.
Florida (2-0, 0-0 SEC) survived Kentucky last weekend at the Swamp, earning the 36-30 win in triple overtime on a Matt Jones one-yard touchdown run. The win marked the 28th straight win for the Gators over the Wildcats. Jones’ run capped the junior’s big day in which he ran for 156 yards on 29 carries. Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel completed 25 of 43 passes for 295 yards and three scores with 15 of the completions going to sophomore Demarcus Robinson who matched Carlos Alvarez’s school record with the effort. The Gator defense picked off Kentucky QB Patrick Towles three times and sacked him twice, but surrendered 369 yards through the air.
Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC) cruised past Southern Miss for a 52-12 win last weekend at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Senior quarterback Blake Sims was efficient for the Tide completing 12 of 17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a four yard run in the second quarter. Sims has relied on wide out Amari Cooper who caught eight balls last weekend for 135 yards and a score to record his fifth straight 100-yard game, matching a Bama school record.
The Gators and Tide have met 37 times on the gridiron with Alabama holding a 23-14 overall edge and a 7-5 lead in games in Tuscaloosa. The two teams last met in 2011 in Gainesville, a 38-10 Alabama win, which marked the third consecutive victory for the Tide against the Gators. UF last defeated its SEC West rival in the 2008 SEC Championships when Tim Tebow led the Orange and Blue to a 31-20 victory.