We’re well over a month into fall – but fall…
In 1992, the first ever post-season conference championship game was played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
And so, the SEC Championship was born.
It was a match-up between #12 Florida and #2 Alabama, with Alabama beating Florida by one touchdown.
Today, 23 years later, the same two teams meet at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to battle it out for the title of sole champion of the SEC, and Florida looks to bring home a win for the Sunshine State.
Here’s what you need to know about the two teams:
Florida has struggled on offense since losing starting quarterback Will Grier in October, and kicking woes have reared their ugly head time and time again. First-year coach Jim McElwain looks to redeem his Gators in another big rivalry game against the Crimson Tide.
Florida has one of the top defenses in the nation, and if the rest of the season is any indication, Alabama should struggle to score, especially in the first half.
If Florida’s offense can keep the defense off the field for longer stretches than they did against the Noles, they have a chance of beating Alabama’s powerhouse team.
Alabama has sat tight in the top four since finding redemption after a loss to Ole Miss. They have their sights set on the College Football Playoffs and won’t make it easy for Florida to bring that dream to an end.
The Crimson Tide rolls deep on the line, with what feels like never-ending talent waiting to take the field at a moment’s notice. Look for the Tide to give Florida some trouble, but not without the Gators chomping back.
This SEC Championship Game is a classic match-up, marked by a mutual respect between two top 25 rivals. Look for a great game and intense competition.
There’s no question who we’re pulling for today… CHOMP CHOMP! Go Gators. Make the Sunshine State proud.
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