The storylines are endless for this weekend’s SEC Championship game: Jim McElwain is Nick Saban’s protege; this is Florida’s first SEC title game appearance in six years; and what would happen if the Gators actually upset the Tide? Would no SEC team be in the College Football Playoffs?
Florida enters the SEC Championship game coming off a putrid 27-2 loss against Florida State. Not surprisingly, the betting line for the SEC Championship game against No. 2 Alabama reflects Florida’s recent performance.
The Gators are a 17-point underdog against the Crimson Tide, according to VegasInsider.com. The line already jumped up five points, as Alabama opened as a 12-point favorite.
Like Florida’s last opponent, Florida State, Alabama enters this matchup winning the previous four out of five matchups against the Gators. The last time the Gators beat the Crimson Tide was in the 2008 SEC title game. Florida would go on to win the national championship that year under Urban Meyer and quarterback Tim Tebow. Florida could use Tebow with the way this offense has played as of late.
Even if the Gators roll over the Tide, the Playoffs don’t seem like a realistic option because of how the team has played the last four weeks against Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida State.
But still, who would have thought Florida would even be in this position? Anyone? Gators fans surely could not have imagined a turnaround this quickly was a possibility. It’s been an overwhelmingly successful season for Florida, and it’s possible we won’t have to wait six years for its next game in the SEC Championship.