If you want to stop Alabama -- and nobody has since Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl -- you have to find a way to stuff their ground game. Which, as their record indicates over their last 16 games, isn't easy to do. If you leave the game in the hands of Greg McElroy, you have a chance. Of course, if you take Greg McElroy out completely, that forces Alabama to become more one-dimensional, which might make stopping the run a little easier.
So it's probably not a good thing that McElroy is drawing Florida a map.
McElroy took a shot from Arkansas defensive end Tenarius Wright during the fourth quarter of Alabama's comeback on Saturday in Fayetteville, and it's left the quarterback a bit sore.
"I think his knee hit me straight in the leg -- just right in the right spot, just barely missing my thigh pad," McElroy said. "Just kind of an unfortunate thing. But contusions or whatever those things are called, are just part of the game. It's something you gotta work through.
"Yeah, this thing's pretty sore. It actually felt better yesterday as opposed to today, I think, because I had a shot after the game, an anti-inflammatory shot. ...I'll be fine. It's gonna be a little ginger on it the first few days. It's gonna be pretty painful."
He may as well paint a "hit me here" on his right thigh Saturday, as there's no reason to believe he's not going to be able to play in the game, though odds are he's still going to be a bit sore. Something Florida's defensive linemen will no doubt have in their minds should they get a chance to lay a hit on the Alabama quarterback.