No. 12 Gators have chance to turn Tide in series



GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida was essentially noncompetitive in its last two games against Alabama.

There was the debacle in Atlanta in the 2009 Southeastern Conference title game, then the drubbing in Tuscaloosa last season. The Gators were outplayed, outcoached and outscored by a combined 44 points in those lopsided losses.

Players surely want revenge, retribution, payback, right? Maybe, but they’re certainly not saying it. In fact, the only telling quote to come out of Gainesville this week has been on Twitter.

Florida safety Matt Elam says “We ready to shock the world!”

Getting the 12th-ranked Gators to acknowledge as much in person has been a tougher challenge. Player after player has repeated coach Will Muschamp’s “nameless, faceless” motto this week as they prepared for the third-ranked Crimson Tide.