Back are the Gators' traditional blue home jerseys, which were replaced by garish orange ones more than 20 years ago. Back is the natural grass at storied Florida Field, put in at a cost of $610,000 after a two-year-old artificial-turf field was ripped up. Says linebacker Jerry Odom, "It's like Coach Spurrier is bringing back everything that was good."
Certainly the 2-0 Gators have been good so far. Exactly how good they are is a determination that will await more Saturdays. They're surely not as good as the USA Today computer concluded when it ranked Florida No. 1 after its 50-7 blowout of Oklahoma State on Sept. 8. "That's really funny," says Fain. "But fun." Presumably, USA Today technicians have been working day and night on that recalcitrant computer.
Meanwhile, outside Bryant-Denny Stadium after Saturday's game, a disgruntled vendor admitted she had not sold even one of the bumper stickers on the table in front of her. The stickers read, IT'S HARD TO BE HUMBLE WHEN YOU'RE FROM BAMA. It's getting easier—fast.