Will Florida be able to beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game?
If you watched the Florida-LSU game, you would come away thinking not a chance, as Florida outgained LSU by 200 yards and still lost 37-34.
Gators quarterback Kyle Trask had his worst game of the season, throwing two interceptions against an LSU defense that had given up 37 points a game this season.
This will be the tenth meeting between Alabama and Florida in the SEC title game. Alabama owns a 5-4 advantage.
The Tide defeated the Gators 54-16 in 2016, the last time these teams met in the SEC title game.
The Gators last won the SEC title in 2008, beating Alabama 31-20.
Alabama has been the best team in the nation all season, averaging 50 points a game in ten SEC games, which set a new conference record.
Alabama also has the number one offense in the SEC, averaging 537 yards a game, while rolling up 495 points this season.
If you are a Gator fan, you may feel like a sheep being led to the slaughter.
Here is the good news.
The Gators defense led the league in sacks this season with 31. The Gators front four has been able to pressure the opposing quarterback and has created some problems for opposing offenses.
The Crimson Tide defense has not faced an offense like the one the Gators will put on the field on Saturday night.
The Gators have the number one pass offense in the league as Kyle Trask has thrown for 386 yards a game. Alabama’s defense gives up 227 yards a game, so this will be a matchup to watch.
Ole Miss put up 48 points on this Alabama defense and had 647 yards of total offense. Texas A&M put up 450 yards of offense, 335 in the air in their 52-24 loss in Tuscaloosa.
You can move the ball on Alabama and put up some points. The Gators will need to play mistake-free football, and the Heisman candidate Kyle Trask will need to play his best game of the season for the Gators to have a chance to win.
This is a game that will feature five Heisman Trophy candidates. I don’t recall a game that featured five Heisman candidates. The Gators have two Heisman candidates in quarterback Kyle Trask and tight end Kyle Pitts, and Alabama has three Heisman candidates starting with quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Devonta Smith, and running back Najee Harris.
Devonta Smith has moved to the lead in the Heisman race in some voters’ minds, but I think it will come down to which quarterback plays the best in this game, Trask or Jones.
The winner walks away with the Heisman Trophy.
Alabama will want to win this game, but their spot in the playoffs is a lock even with a loss. The Gator’s hopes of reaching the playoffs are gone after the shocking 37-34 loss to LSU.
This game will come down to who has the better defense. What defense will rise to the occasion and make a big stop to turn the momentum around?
The Gators defense has struggled this season but has gotten better as the season has gone on.
Nick Saban is the Bill Belichick of college football. The best of all time. Dan Mullen, the Gators head coach, has an 0-9 record lifetime against Saban, with all of those losses occurring when Mullen was the head coach at Mississippi State.
The Tide are favored by 17.
I don’t see any reason to go against the experts.
Florida’s defense has broken too many times this season and I can’t see this defense performing well against Alabama.
The Tide will finish another season unbeaten in the SEC.
The Tide rolls 48-34 over the Gators to win another SEC Championship.