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Florida vs. Alabama - Game Time, TV Schedule, Line, Preview, Predictions

Alabama and Florida both won their week three games, but there is definitely a gap in fan confidence despite both programs being undefeated thus far in 2014. Alabama has run through its fairly light schedule, with the only substantive challenge coming from a West Virginia team that has been impressive so far this season. Florida blew out Eastern Michigan in its first game, but Kentucky, a regular SEC basement team, took the Gators to the brink last weekend. The game went to three overtimes, and Florida may have gotten away with a delay of game on a touchdown that helped it match Kentucky in the second overtime. 

Alabama and quarterback Blake Sims seem to be improving every week, while Florida still looks very shaky. Kentucky is definitely improving, but Gator fans still see their program as one that shouldn't need three overtimes to outlast the Wildcats. This game against the Crimson Tide may really show how far Florida has come from the disappointing 2013 season.

Date: Saturday, Sep. 20

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Channel: CBS

Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Betting Line: Alabama -14.5 via 5Dimes

Prediction: Blake Sims has gotten better every week for Alabama, and he seems to be the entrenched as the clear starter at quarterback. Last week against Southern Miss, Sims threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and added another 46 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Receiver Amari Cooper is putting in a claim as the best receiver in college football, although he will face his greatest test thus far against Florida, as the Gators have a talented secondary. 

Florida's offense seems to be improved from last year, but it won't be enough to compete with the dominant Crimson Tide. This game will be interesting from an Alabama perspective, because Florida does have a strong defense, and this should be a good barometer for how strong Lane Kiffin's offense truly is. Expect Alabama to be up to the challenge, and to cover the 14.5-point spread.

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