The top-ranked Crimson Tide turned the latest edition of the Southeastern Conference's super heavyweight rivalry into an overwhelming display of power.
Mark Ingram scored two touchdowns, C.J. Mosley returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown and the top-ranked Crimson Tide overwhelmed No. 7 Florida 31-6 on Saturday night.
Alabama (5-0, 2-0) certainly looked like a team on its way to another championship season.
The Crimson Tide rolled to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter, behind Ingram's two short TD runs and a defense that was buzzing around the ball.
After the Gators (4-1, 2-1) chipped it down to 24-6, Mosley picked off a short pass in the middle of the field by a hurried John Brantley, racing to the end zone for a score that all but wrapped up Alabama's 19th straight victory with 6:10 left in the third quarter.
"I was very, very pleased with the way we played in the first half," Saban said. "I thought we played physical, played with toughness, played strong. I was really encouraged."
Ingram ran for 47 yards on 10 carries, Greg McElroy threw for 84 yards and receiver Marquis Maze threw a touchdown pass to Michael Williams out of the wildcat.
A rematch of the last two SEC title games, the first regular-season meeting between the Crimson Tide and Florida since 2006 had all the trimmings of a huge game, with a primetime national television audience and a rockin' crowd loud enough at times to match the jet fly over before kickoff.
The stakes, however, were far from do or die. As good as Alabama looked, and the defending national champions looked every bit like the No. 1 team in the country, there's a long way to go and plenty of SEC games to play. Alabama's defense knocked around Brantley and stymied a Florida offense that looked as if it had found some answers last week in a 48-14 victory against Kentucky.
Against Dont'a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw and the Tide, and with leading rusher Jeff Demps playing with a sore foot, the Gators couldn't get into the end zone and committed four turnovers.
Brantley passed for 202 yards with two interceptions, and while he was only sacked once, he took several hard shots.
Freshman Trey Burton, the Gators' new short-yardage specialist who scored a record six touchdowns last week, was bottled up in his few opportunities and showed he's no Tebow when he tried a jump pass that was intercepted.
The last time the Gators didn't score a touchdown? In 2005, Urban Meyer's first season as coach in Gainesville, the Gators lost 31-3 to Mike Shula's Tide.
Florida has come a long way since then, winning two national titles.
Of course, the Tide has too -- passing the Gators in the process.