Alabama Football: 3 Keys for Tide to beat Florida Gators

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What will it take for Alabama football to beat the Gators?

Alabama football has not lost to an SEC East opponent since South Carolina upset the Tide in 2010. They haven’t lost to the Florida Gators since the 2008 SEC Championship. Still, the past does not matter this Saturday.

Alabama will play on the road against the highly-ranked Florida Gators. Florida is looking to avenge their SEC Championship loss last season, but they also lost their three best players on offense. The Gators had to replace Kyle Trask, Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts. This trio was almost all of Florida’s offensive production last year.

Still, Florida retains a solid defense and has recruited enough talent to make this game competitive. They’ll be at their best on Saturday against Alabama football, and they have a genuine chance to upset the Tide.

Alabama won’t win this game by stepping onto the field. They’ll need to execute. With that in mind, these are the three keys for the Crimson Tide to win on the road.

3. Get off to a strong start early

In road games, momentum matters more than execution at times. In the past, teams have believed that they can compete with Alabama football. After a few drives, all that hope is gone. You then have to rely on talent, and this is where other teams fall short.

Florida genuinely thinks they can beat the Crimson Tide. If Alabama makes mistakes early and lets this one stay close, that belief will be validated. Instead, Alabama needs to score on their first few drives and get off to an early lead. Florida could still come back, but the momentum would be squashed.