ATLANTA — With the SEC championship game a little more than 24 hours away, Florida coach Jim McElwain did not appear to be counting down the minutes during his Friday afternoon presser.
“I’m not really excited about playing these creatures,” he said with a smile. “But that’s the way it goes.”
Those “creatures” are the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, and McElwain — who served as the Tide’s offensive coordinator from 2008-2011 — knows the fate that likely awaits No. 18 Florida at the Georgia Dome.
Asked if he had installed trick plays to combat the elite Tide defense, McElwain shook his head.
“How are you gonna trick ‘em?” he said. “It’s like when he hired me and said ‘Look Mac, work hard and be complete in what they do.’ If you watch them on that side of the ball, they are complete in what they do.”
Florida is the second-biggest underdog in SEC championship history, a fact its coach is more than aware of.
“I feel sorry for whoever was the biggest if we’re only the second biggest,” he said.