Alabama vs. Florida football: Steve Spurrier explains how Gators can pull off the upset


No. 1 Alabama will travel to No. 11 Florida this Saturday in what should be one of the best games on Week 3’s slate of college football. The last three meetings between these two teams have all come in the SEC Championship Game.

Alabama currently holds a seven-game winning streak over the Gators and enters Gainesville as a 14.5 point favorite. During Friday morning’s edition of ESPN’s SEC This Morning, former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier explained what it will take for the Gators to pull off the upset.

“The way you beat great teams, like Alabama, you just gotta play better,” Spurrier said. “You gotta have one of your best games ever ... and maybe they don’t have one of their best games.”

One of the biggest storylines entering Saturday’s much-anticipated matchup is the Florida quarterback situation. While the Gators have started Emory Jones the last two weeks, backup Anthony Richardson has often stolen the show.

Jones has completed 63.3% of his passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in two starts so far this season. Richardson has thrown for 192 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions while also rushing for 275 yards and two scores on just 11 carries.

Prior to Saturday’s game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban broke down both Florida quarterbacks.

“I think both quarterbacks have played extremely well for them,” Saban said. “Emory Jones is a very capable guy. He’s a good runner, he’s a good passer. Both are very athletic. Anthony Richardson has made some phenomenal plays when he’s played running and passing. He’s definitely a big, strong running back-type guy when he does carry the ball, and they’ve got some really good quarterback runs to feature that talent. But he’s also showed a lot of poise and presence in the passing game. So I think both guys are unique in their ability to play the position, and both have been very productive when they’ve had opportunities to play.”

Saban was also asked about comparing Richardson to Tim Tebow.

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“I don’t think it’s fair to make comparisons of players, but we certainly have a tremendous amount of respect for both their quarterbacks, Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson,” Saban said. “I think he probably would have played more plays, but I think he had some kind of injury in the last game, so he didn’t get to play as much. But the few plays that he played, he made some outstanding plays. He’s certainly a tremendous weapon, and so is Emory Jones. We have a lot of respect for both guys, and if we don’t play really disciplined on defense, it’ll be difficult to manage these guys’ skill level.”