Can Florida Take Down Top-Ranked Alabama? – CalBearsMaven

Publish date:Sep 18, 2021Plus, the Braves and Giants fight to maintain their playoff positioning.

It’s the rare Saturday that an Alabama football game provides true intrigue, but today we might get just such a treat as the top-ranked Crimson Tide face No. 11 Florida. Last season, the Gators gave the Crimson Tide their closest call of the year in the SEC title game, which eventual national champion Alabama won by just six points. Plenty of other college football games promise their own thrills: No. 10 Penn State will look to prove its legitimacy against No. 22 Auburn, while West Virginia will try to get back on track against No. 15 Virginia Tech.

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MUST WATCHCollege football: Alabama at Florida

Quarterback Bryce Young will look to keep Alabama’s win streak vs. the SEC East alive.

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Alabama has won 31 straight games against the SEC East and has not lost an SEC championship game since 2008. The Gators gave the Crimson Tide a run for their money in the conference title game last season, but Alabama ultimately won 52–46.

No. 1 Alabama has continued its dominance this season. The Crimson Tide (2–0) have not scored less than 44 points and have not allowed more than 14 points through their first two games.

However, Florida’s offense has looked impressive in its own right behind Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson. The Gators (2–0) lead the FBS in average rushing yards per game (381.5 yards) behind the dual-threat quarterbacks. The pair have split time so far, with Jones as starter and Richardson as backup, so the Crimson Tide defense must prepare to face both in today’s game.

3:30 p.m. ET, CBS, watch on fuboTV

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As the Braves and the Giants face each other this weekend, they also are fending off their divisional foes. The Braves lead the Phillies and the Mets by just a few games in the NL East race, while the Giants and Dodgers are jostling for the top spot in the NL West. Atlanta will start Charlie Morton (13–5, 3.49 ERA) as it goes for a road win today in San Francisco.

9 p.m. ET, MLB Network, watch on fuboTV

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