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Chomping at Bits: Florida embracing underdog mentality

The Gators think they can hang with Alabama.

NCAA Football:  Florida at Louisiana State Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Gators don’t view Alabama as a mismatch: Florida obviously realizes that beating the Tide will be difficult (and this year’s team might be one of Bama’s best ever). The Gators know that few are giving them a chance to win on Saturday, but they are remaining confident. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Ryan Young, SEC Country; Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

Count this as a good year for the Gators: The case that winning the SEC East is still an accomplishment, and that Florida still had a good, not great, season. (Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times)

What Florida’s offense needs to do to upset Alabama: Put points on the board fast, make explosive plays, and win the line of scrimmage. (Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald)

Profile of Quincy Wilson: Did you know that Wilson first played quarterback before moving to cornerback in high school? (Ian Cohen, Orlando Sentinel)

UF DBs know Alabama WRs will be a challenge: Teez Tabor discusses how the Tide’s receivers “brought it” to the Gators last year. (Ethan Bauer, Tampa Bay Times)

Florida men’s basketball signs power forward Isaiah Stokes: The three/four star Stokes has signed to play for the Gators next season. He is the younger brother of former Tennessee and NBA power forward Jarnell Stokes. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun; Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)

Q&A with Alabama beat writer: The Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson asks Crimson Tide beat writer Michael Casagrande about Alabama’s potential weaknesses, freshman QB Jalen Hurts, Nick Saban’s motivation, and the Tide’s dominant defense. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Football recruiting Q&A: On transfer QBs, receiver prospects, in-home visits to 5-stars committed elsewhere, possible flips, and DT prospects. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

The SEC Championship usually features the Gators and/or the Tide: Florida and Alabama meet tomorrow for the second time in a row and the fourth time in nine years. That match-up is the most common one in college conference championship history. (Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

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