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Then there's Alabama, a potent running team that is a modest 28th in scoring offense and a humble 97th in passing. The Tide's top offensive player is left tackle Andre Smith. Florida counters with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and do-it-all Percy Harvin.
"We're underdogs because they focus so much on the great athleticism that those guys consist of," Arenas said. "And they do have a lot of athleticism. Whoever is marking us as a 10-point underdog, I think that's what they're focusing on. That's what they do. That's their opinion. We're just going to play our best ball and let it all unravel from there."
Tide coach Nick Saban said he doesn't need to use the underdog status as motivation for his players. A league title and national championship shot should suffice in that regard.
"I mean it doesn't matter," Saban said. "Florida has played well, and they've scored a lot of points. They haven't even had a close game other than the Ole Miss game. They've been a dominant team, and they certainly deserve all the accolades that their team gets because they've played extremely well all season long."
Tebow also doesn't think 'Bama will let it affect how the team plays in the game.
"I think they're pretty mature," he said. "I think they've got mature coaches. I don't think they'll let that bother them. I don't think they worry about it, just like I don't think we'd worry about it if we were in their position.
"I think they're just going out there and trying to do their job like they have all year."
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