SEC Championship Weekend

December 2, 2008 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

alg_nicksabanLet’s take a quick pass on the NFL Power Rankings and look ahead to this weekend’s SEC Championship match-up. Florida came out of the gate as a 10.5 point favorite. In my opinion, no undefeated SEC team and the country’s number one team should be double digit dogs. However, as a gamblin’ man I would take it all day long. Since Sunday, the line has gone down to just under double digits with Florida as a 9.5 point favorite.

There is so much to look at in this match-up between two extremely talented powerhouses. One would be the coaching. Urban Meyer is good but nobody is Nick Saban. Saban may be hated and often referred to as Satan, but his coaching is by far tops in the country. He knows how to recruit, he knows how to win, and his intensity on defense is scary. Second would be the defense of Alabama. Saban loves to run the nickel on defense and this will slow down the outside speed of Florida. Bama’s defensive line up front will dominate the Florida line, as Ole Miss did earlier in the season. With the lockdown of Alabama’s defense and the effective pass rush, Tebow will be forced to throw. Don’t get me wrong, Tebow is a great college football player and deserving of everything he has earned. However, I don’t trust his arm or his QB mentality when it comes to winning games with it. Florida will face a defense that they have yet to see and it will certainly alter their offensive attack. Florida’s offense may edge out Bama’s (I’m not a huge fan of John Parker Wilson) but they do know how to win ball games. Unlike Florida, Bama knows how to win every game and close it out when they need to (see: MISS/UF).

I don’t think I have to say who my favorite for the game is, just know that games are won in the trenches. Alabama is the number one team in the country and well-deserving. Alabama is undefeated and Florida is not. Alabama may not have the recent glamour that the Florida program has had, but they have a mastermind in Nick Saban at the healm. Who has better athletes? Who’s faster? EIther way the answers fall, I think Vegas has the wrong line on this game. Alabama (+9.5)


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