The Crimson Tide and Gators are in the middle of their rivalry season, but they’ve also been playing it with both hands tied.
Here are the top takeaways from the two teams’ respective home-and-home series.
Alabama is the No. 1 team on the SEC’s schedule for 2018.
It has the toughest nonconference schedule of any team in the SEC, including playing eight home games, plus the four road games, against four ranked teams.
It also has the SEC East, which is loaded with teams from the West and South.
SEC Network and ESPN Deportes are also airing the series, which airs Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
ET on SEC Network.
Alabama will face Florida in Week 5.
The Gators are 6-1 overall, with an 8-2 mark against SEC foes.
Florida is one of the most talented teams in the country.
The Crimson and Gators combined for 10 wins against SEC competition in 2017, with the Gators finishing first in the conference.
Alabama, meanwhile, finished tied for second in the league with eight wins, while Florida’s two wins were a pair of road victories against Alabama.
The two teams have also faced off in five of the past seven SEC games, with each team winning three of those contests.
This year, the Gators won two of those matchups.
The rivalry has been a hot topic in recent weeks.
ESPN analyst and Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has repeatedly criticized Florida’s defense for its lack of a quarterback and a top-ranked offensive line, as well as the Gators’ lack of an athletic talent at receiver.
Saban has also expressed his frustration with the way he sees the Gators offense in 2018.
Florida quarterback Jalen Hurts (5-11, 217) has had a career year, with 4,946 yards passing, 23 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
The Tide’s offense is also coming off its best rushing game of the season, with 3,082 yards on the ground and 19 rushing touchdowns.
Alabama won’t be playing at a neutral site this season.
The SEC has a neutral-site rivalry each year and, while it’s rare for two teams to play each other, this year is not going to be the first time.
Alabama and Florida played at Auburn in 2018, and the Crimson Tide won the game by a score of 21-14.
This season, the two will face each other at Auburn.
Florida won’t have to travel to Auburn, which will be playing its first nonconference game since it moved to the SEC in 2020.
That game will be played in Gainesville, Fla., which has a total population of 5,569,500.
The game will also be played at a temporary home in Gainee, Ala., with the first game in 2019 being played on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.c. at Georgia Stadium.
Alabama has been dominant on the road.
The Jaguars have won nine games at home and seven of their last nine against ranked teams, with three wins coming against SEC teams.
The team is 5-1 at home since its move to the ACC.
It’s also won four games at neutral sites, including a 38-16 win at Auburn on Sept. 13, 2017.
The next game in the series will be the game on Sept: 1 at 3 p.b.t. in Gainville, Fla.
The last time Alabama played at neutral site was in 2013, when it defeated LSU 31-20 in the Cotton Bowl.
Florida’s offense has been inconsistent.
The offense has scored fewer than 10 points in four of the last five games.
The loss to Alabama has not helped the Gators, but Florida has still managed to win its last two games, including an overtime win over Georgia Tech on Sept.: 3.
Florida scored its most points of the year in the first half, but was not able to build on that momentum in the second half.
The Florida offense is averaging a mere 27.5 points per game.
The total offense has also been anemic, with only three players averaging double-digit scoring.
The only other Florida players to average double-digits were wide receiver Sterling Shepard (18.7) and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (17.5).
This is the first meeting between two teams without their quarterback.
QB Treon Harris (knee) and RB Treon Williams (hip) both missed the Florida game because of injuries.
QB Jalen Hurd (knees) was listed as questionable.
DE Michael Thomas (ankle) and LB DeForest Buckner (kansas knee) also missed the game.
Both of those players are expected to return to action on Saturday.
The schedule will be much tougher than usual for Alabama.
In 2017, the Tide won all five SEC games it played, with wins over Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Florida.
The season is set to end