Alabama football vs. Florida score predictions from The Tuscaloosa News sports staff

The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football visits Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville to open SEC play Saturday. The top-ranked defending national champion Crimson Tide will look to keep its momentum after a victory over Mercer.

Here's how the sports staff at The Tuscaloosa News sees the outcome:

Cecil Hurt

Alabama 28, Florida 20 

At some point this season, the defense is going to have to win some games for Alabama. The “every game is a shootout and we have the most ammo” approach from last season isn’t going to work without last year’s talent. 

Jerell Rushin

Alabama 41, Florida 24

Alabama's 48-14 win over Mercer should've been more. The team should know that being lackadaisical will burn it against one of the SEC's better teams. The Crimson Tide should be sharper on both sides of the ball and figure out Florida's offense.

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Maxwell Donaldson

Alabama 42, Florida 14

Alabama rebounds from a lackluster offensive performance and Bryce Young leads the offense to a big day. The defense holds Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson to a slow day. 

AJ Holliday

Alabama 35, Florida 20

Alabama's defense is the key in this one. Florida will use Anthony Richardson more than usual, but the Tide will be ready.

Max Wolborsky

Alabama 34, Florida 17

While defense has been the talk for the Tide this year, Bryce Young's performance in his first road test will be the story in The Swamp. Alabama will be tested by the Gators, but UA will come out undefeated in SEC play to start the year.

Mikey DiLullo

Alabama 42, Florida 28

It's hard to win on the road, especially in the SEC. Florida will put up a fight, but it won't be enough to upset the Crimson Tide.

Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; A pass intended for Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) is broken up by Alabama defensive back Josh Jobe (28) and Alabama defensive back Daniel Wright (3) in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

Sutton Smith

Alabama 38, Florida 24

Florida's offense will be very tricky to cover, especially when the Gators rotate at quarterback. Alabama's offense struggled against Mercer last week but, expect it to be back on track for this game. Alabama's defense will once again be the talk of college football.