TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Taking charge from the outset, No. 1-ranked Alabama routed No. 7-ranked Florida 31-6 on Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Here’s an instant analysis from the game:
How the game was won: Alabama built a 24-0 lead and took advantage of four Florida turnovers, two of those with the Gators near the goal line, and were never threatened in a game that the Tide dominated physically.
Turning point: Florida freshman Trey Burton was intercepted in the end zone by Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson on a fourth-and-goal play from the 2 on the Gators’ first possession of the game. Alabama had kicked a field goal on its opening possession to go up 3-0, but Florida coach Urban Meyer elected to go for it and Burton’s jump pass was picked off.
Player of the game: Alabama freshman linebacker C.J. Mosley put the Gators away for good with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Unsung hero: Alabama junior safety Mark Barron gets a lot of credit for helping that inexperienced secondary stick together, and the Tide are getting better back there every game.
Stat of the game: Alabama gave up just two field goals in the game and has still not given up a second-half touchdown this season.
What it means: Alabama left little doubt about who's the best team in the SEC -- and the country, for that matter. Florida may get another shot at Alabama in the SEC championship game if the Gators can win the East, but they’ll have to get a lot better and play a lot better to have a chance.