No. 11 Florida coach Dan Mullen is attempting to take down No. 1 Alabama for the first time in 10 meetings.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is making the trip down to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, popularly known as “The Swamp,” for the first time since 2011. The Crimson Tide will be looking to extend their 30-game winning streak against SEC opponents, including an undefeated 6-0 record in SEC championship games.
Bryce Young is an electric leader for the Crimson Tide, completing 46 of 65 passes for 571 with seven touchdowns through two games, and is expected to tear up the Gators’ defense. Anthony Richardson and Emory Jones are currently alternating in the quarterback position for Florida, but Jones is expected to make the start on Saturday. Through the Gators’ first couple of matchups, Jones completed 31 of 49 passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Although Mullen is currently 5-6 against ranked teams with the Gators, he faces the familiar challenge of defeating Saban and the Crimson Tide. Florida previously faced Alabama in the 2020 SEC Championship game, but they allowed the Crimson Tide to escape with a 52-46 win and continue their journey towards becoming consecutive national champions.
Here’s all the information you need to follow along the Week 3 SEC football game.
Alabama vs. Florida score
Alabama vs. Florida live updates, highlights
Updates will be added around kickoff time, 3:30 p.m. ET.
5:38: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. On fourth and one, Flordia runningback Dameon Pierce rushes into the endzone for three yards to cut the Alabama lead. The Crimson Tide are ahead 21-16.
5:36: Malik Davis drives the ball down the field on consecutive plays for the Gators, third down inside the 10.
5:30: The Gators start with the ball at the 25 to open the second half. Alabama’s Josh Jobe gets his second pass interference penalty of the game, and gives Florida the first down at their own 40.
First Half: Alabama 21, Florida 9
5:00: Drew Sanders makes a big hit on Gamble to force the Gators back to third down and a long 23-yards. Florida can’t complete for the first down and punts to give Alabama the ball just inside the 10.
4:58: Jones completes to wide receiver Rick Wells for a completion and 26-yard run to put the Gators at midfield.
4:55: Gators’ Bretton Cox sacks Bryce Young to push the Crimson Tide back to third down and 12. The Gators’ defense makes another stop to force Alabama to punt again at the 31.
4:52: TOUCHDOWN FLORIDA. Runningback Malik Davis stumbles into the endzone with defenders cluching his feet to give the Gators their first touchdown with 6:34 remaining in the half. Alabama leads 21-9.
4:48: Emory Jones rushes the ball down the middle, but can’t complete the first down. The Gators are going for it on fourth down at the Alabama 41.
4:45: Gators’ CB Kaiir Elam went down and is apparently limping off of the field after blocking a pass intended to Alabama reciever John Metchie. The Crimson Tide punts following the play.
4:40: Gators are forced to punt, giving Alabama possession at their own 30 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half.
4:35: Young attempts to get rid of the ball and is called for intentional grounding. Alabama punter James Burnip executes a 48-yard punt that lands the ball on the Gators’ 21.
4:33: Dan Mullen calls a timeout for the Gators ahead of fourth down. Jones’ pass is tipped and falls to force a turnover on downs at their own 37.
First Quarter: Alabama 21, Florida 3
4:22: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Young completes a pass to Brian Robinson to run into the endzone for a seven-yard touchdown. The extra kick gives the Crimson Tide a comfortable lead 21-3.
4:20: Young finds Jameson Williams to pick up a small gain, and puts Alabama at the seven.
4:16: Drew Sanders rushes Emory Jones as he releases the throw, and Jalyn Armour-Davis intercepts the attempted pass. Alabama takes over at the Gators’ 38.
4:12: Florida returns the kickoff in the endzone to start the drive at their own 25 with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
4:10: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Young completes a 26-yard pass to Jahleel Billingsley, getting him out of the doghouse for a touchdown. Following the extra point, Alabama extends their lead 14-3.
4:08: Bryce Young makes consecutive completions to McClellan, giving the Crimson Tide another first down at the Florida 39.
4:05: Gators’ Jeremiah Moon executes a tackle for loss to push the Crimson Tide to third and seven. A pass interference call against Florida on the following play gives the Crimson Tide another first down.
4:02: Jameson Williams returns the kickoff in the endzone for the Crimson Tide, allowing Alabama to start their drive at their own 25.
4:00: FIELD GOAL FLORIDA. Florida kicker Chris Howard completes a 25-yard field goal to put the Gators on the board, but Alabama holds the lead 7-3.
3:58: Dan Mullen calls a timeout for the Gators at the Alabama eight-yard line, attempting to score on fourth down and six with just over seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.
3:54: Emory Jones throws to Kemore Gamble for a 21-yard completion, then takes off on a spin move for another gain of six. Alabama pass rushers are struggling to halt the offensive momentum.
3:50: Florida returns the kick to put Emory Jones and the Gators’ offense at their own 27 to start their opening drive.
3:43: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Gators’ Tre’Vez Johnson missed a critical tackled that allowed Jase McClellan to dive into the end zone for a touchdown. Alabama ends their opening drive with an early lead 7-0.
3:40: Delay of game is called against Alabama on third down, forcing a five-yard penalty. Young completes a pass to Anderson Williams to make the first down for the Crimson Tide.
3:36: Following a pass interference call against the Gators, the Crimson Tide continues their drive at the 40.
3:34: Bryce Young leads the Alabama offense to start at first down on their own 25.
3:32: Florida wins the coin toss and defers, Alabama is starting with possesion.
3:30: Florida’s backup quaterback Anthony Richardson is shown doing backflips during warmups ahead of kickoff.
Alabama vs. Florida start time
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 18
- Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Alabama vs. Florida is slated to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Gators will host the Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, popularly known as “The Swamp.”
How to watch Alabama vs. Florida
- TV channel (national): CBS
- Live stream: CBS Sports, fuboTV
Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Gary Danielson (analyst) will call the game from the booth, with Jamie Erdahl acting as the sideline reporter.
Alabama football schedule 2021
|Sept. 4||Alabama 44, Miami 13||—|
|Sept. 11||Alabama 48, Mercer 14||—|
|Sept. 18||at Florida||3:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 25||vs. Southern Miss||7:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 2||vs. Ole Miss||TBD|
|Oct. 9||at Texas A&M||TBD|
|Oct. 16||at Mississippi State||TBD|
|Oct. 23||vs. Tennessee||TBD|
|Nov. 6||vs. LSU||TBD|
|Nov. 13||vs. New Mexico State||TBD|
|Nov. 20||vs. Arkansas||TBD|
|Nov. 27||at Auburn||TBD|
Florida football schedule 2021
|Sept. 4||Florida 35, FAU 14||—|
|Sept. 11||Florida 42, USF 20||—|
|Sept. 18||vs. Alabama||3:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 25||vs. Tennessee||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 2||at Kentucky||TBD|
|Oct. 9||vs. Vanderbilt||TBD|
|Oct. 16||at LSU||TBD|
|Oct. 30||vs. Georgia||TBD|
|Nov. 6||at South Carolina||TBD|
|Nov. 13||vs. Samford||TBD|
|Nov. 20||at Missouri||TBD|
|Nov. 27||vs. Florida State||TBD|