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The college football season is already ending. While we wipe away the tears, we have the cold comfort of knowing we will see at least one marquee post-season game. The major bowl games might turn out to be snoozers, but the SEC Championship Game on December 5th pitting No. 1 Florida against No. 2 Alabama should provide plenty of popcorn action.
Both teams are undefeated and both have a shot at the BCS Championship Game. So, the game should be exciting, right? Well….I”m not too sure yet. I’ve watched both teams all year and Alabama, to me, is ranked a little too highly. They have won all of their games, but they’ve struggled against other ranked teams, barely beating conference rival LSU. On the other hand, while Florida has been dominant as usual, they did win a couple of games at least partly due to atrocious SEC officiating.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am originally from Florida, so I have to admit a little bias here. However, even I’m a little leery of the sudden worship of Tim Tebow, a legitimately good quarterback who’s broken a few records, but who has yet to display a consistent passing game. But, so far this year, teams have seemed genuinely intimidated by the Gators. Many of them have played scared, as if they didn’t believe they even had a shot. Most notably, the Georgia Bulldogs, who played their annual rivalry game with the Gators as if they had already lost, even though they had two weeks to prepare. (As a Georgia resident, I was particuarly embarrassed by such a pitiful performance.)
If Alabama goes into the game with a belief that they can beat Florida and, even more important, a belief that they should play for the National Championship, we just might see an epic upset. And yes, I would probably be upset too.