The good news is that the University of Florida football team is tied for the Southeastern Conference East Division lead. Now, for the bad news. The excitement of Florida's run-it-up victory against Tennessee turned somber Sunday when the No. 3 Gators (3-0) learned that two of their best underclassmen could miss a considerable amount of time: freshman linebacker Jerimy Finch (broken leg) and freshman guard Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), each of whom was injured against the Vols.
"[Finch] has some ligament issues and a broken bone in his lower leg," coach Urban Meyer said. Finch underwent surgery Sunday morning and will begin rehabilitating a broken fibula and ligament damage."Unfortunately, we lost one of our better ones," Meyer said of Finch's special teams contributions. "He'll be out for a year."
Nick Saban needed three games to get Alabama back in the Top 25. The Crimson Tide jumped into The Associated Press poll Sunday at No. 16 and USAToday Coaches poll at 20,its first time in the rankings since the final poll of the 2005 season. In Tuscaloosa on Saturday night, the Razorbacks wiped out an early 21-point deficit but couldn't close out the victory. John Parker Wilson hit Matt Caddell with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left to give the Tide the win. Alabama didn't manage a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter during previous coach Mike Shula's four-year stay."We always talk about playing 60 minutes," Saban said. "And to score with 8 seconds left, it's an easy way to reinforce a point."