The Southeastern Conference has experienced an extremely interesting week of football. Let’s start with the good news: Alabama, the pride and joy of the SEC, is still ranked number one in the country and if we are being honest, they’ll probably win the National Championship. Here is the somewhat bad news: Texas A&M was still left out of the College Football Playoff and their game against Tennessee won’t really serve as much of a challenge to them, this was to be expected anyways.
The really bad news: Florida, the team that is about to take on Alabama, was just upset in the worst possible way to a horrific LSU team that has basically sunk any shot of them making the CFP.
That leads us into this week which is the week of the SEC Championship Game. Ratings probably went from crazy sky-high to still somewhat high for this game but the SEC did not want this outcome for its top matchup of the season. Alabama will play Florida in Atlanta for the title for the SEC and if we are being honest with ourselves, Alabama doesn’t really have much to worry about.
The Crimson Tide have won eight SEC Titles, that’s more than anyone else in the conference. Since 2009, they have appeared in this game seven different times. Florida has the second most wins in this game with eight but they haven’t won since 2008 or simply, “The Tim Tebow era.”
Alabama is a far-better team and anytime that the betting spread is more than 16 points in a so-called “Championship” game, that doesn’t really bode well for competition. Had Florida won against LSU and entered this game with just one loss, there was a chance they could slip into the CFP with a win in this game. While that still could be contested, a loss against an LSU team with a losing record should all but disqualify you for consideration. Florida looked terrible in that game and that discipline from Marco Wilson was extraordinarily bad.
The most interesting part of this game will be the Heisman race but I think even that may be out of hand at this point. Alabama is a far-superior team and this game really shouldn’t be close from the jump. If you have some spare change, I never, ever bet against Nick Saban and the ‘Tide, they are as trustworthy as they come in this sport.
SEC Championship Players to Watch:
Kyle Trask and Mac Jones: These two are the favorites for the Heisman Trophy and Jones is the betting favorite. All votes must be cast by December 21 so this is the last shot for these two to put on a “Heisman Moment” for the voters to consider. Trask has better numbers this year but with two losses and a really ugly on down the stretch on his resume, it’s tough to give him the nod. I’d prefer a non-quarterback to win this award, but who are we joking?
SEC Championship Prediction:
Alabama 48 Florida 30
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com