Florida prepares for Alabama


Florida's Mike Gillislee gestures to the crowd after his touchdown during the second half against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, September 24, 2011.

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Published: Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.

Being undefeated after the first month of the season was expected for the Florida football team. After all, Florida Atlantic and Alabama-Birmingham were in over their heads playing at Florida Field.

And Florida has owned the series against Tennessee the past seven seasons and has defeated Kentucky 25 consecutive years.




Not being undefeated after four games would have been an upset for first-year Florida coach Will Muschamp and his program. How the Gators do over the course of the next four games will shape their postseason destination.

“We're 4-0. We're pleased with where we are,” Muschamp said after Saturday night's 48-10 win at Kentucky. “We've got a lot of things we still need to improve on. We cleaned up some things.”

First up for the Gators in their October gauntlet is big bad Bama, which routed Florida 31-6 last season in Tuscaloosa and is off to another impressive start. The Gators also entered that game 4-0.

“We just worry about Florida,'' Muschamp said. “Really, at the end of the day, we're going to take care of the University of Florida. We're going to be fine versus everybody we play. Starting with Alabama.''

The Gators won't change their preparation just because they are facing Muschamp's mentor, Alabama coach Nick Saban, who hired Muschamp at LSU and again with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

“They've got a good football team,” Muschamp said on his television show Sunday. “We need to prepare the same way we've prepared earlier in the year. Each week make sure your preparation is your motivation in what you do. Prepare well for the game, and, we'll play well.

“The same sort of preparation. They all count for one. Alabama's got a good football team, but so do we.”

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