No. 3/2 Alabama heads to Gainesville, Fla., for its fi rst Southeastern Conference road test when it takes on the No. 12/12 Florida Gators on Saturday, October 1, in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. It will be the 37th meeting between the two schools and 11th trip to Gainesville for the Crimson Tide. Florida is 4-0 on the season and 2-0 against SEC opponents following a 48-10 victory over Kentucky last week. The game will air on CBS with Verne Lundquist serving as the play-by-play announcer, and Gary Danielson at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.
HEAD COACH NICK SABAN:
Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his fifth season with the Crimson Tide. Named the school's 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007, Saban has compiled a 42-11 record (47-11 before fi ve vacated wins in 2007) at Alabama while leading the Tide to two SEC Western Division championships, one conference title and one national championship. Saban holds a career record of 133-53-1 (138-53-1) as a collegiate head coach, while also serving at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU. Saban won his fi rst national championship as head coach of the LSU Tigers in 2003, guiding the Tigers to a 13-1 record that season. Overall, Saban has coached four conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC, 2003 SEC and 2009 SEC) and 11 of his 14 teams have played in postseason bowl games with the Tide appearing in a bowl game each year under Saban's direction. Saban is also the only active coach to win two BCS National Championships and the fiRst to accomplish the feat at two different schools.
In the latest polls released on September 25, Alabama remains third in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, while Florida comes in at No. 12 in both polls.
Alabama and Florida will be meeting for the 37th time this Saturday with the Crimson Tide holding a 21-14 (22-14 without NCAA vacation in 2005) edge in the series.