Key matchups to decide Gators-Tide showdown

1. Alabama RBs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson vs. Florida LBs Jon Bostic, Jelani Jenkins and A.J. Jones

The trio of Florida linebackers has struggled at times. Jenkins, a redshirt freshman, and Bostic, a sophomore, are young, fast and athletic but haven’t played much until this season. When linebackers think instead of react, it takes away their aggressive ability. Ingram and Richardson, both hard runners, thrive on tentative defenders, which sets up perfectly for Alabama’s run-oriented offense.

“Have you seen Trent? He’s built like a tank,” Alabama guard Barrett Jones said. “We all know what Mark does with the ball in his hands. Those are two guys I wouldn’t want to try to bring down by myself.”