Staff Predictions for Alabama-Florida in the 2016 SEC Championship Game
Alabama has a chance to become just the second team to win three consecutive SEC Championship Games on Saturday as the team faces the Florida Gators.
The two programs will meet for the ninth time in this game and the fourth time in the past 11 years. The previous eight meetings were split, 4-4, and Alabama has a chance to tie Florida with seven SEC Championship Game wins with a victory on Saturday.
Most people aren't giving Florida much of a chance as 24-point underdogs, but what about our staff? Here's what they think.
Martin Houston, Host of The Morning Blitz
This may be the least anticipated SEC Championship game ever! I think the players are excited and will show up to play. I think Alabama is clearly a 3-4 TD favorite. However, with the rumors about Lane Kiffin's potential departure following the game and Saban's relationship with Coach McElwain, the game could be closer than necessary! I'm still going with the Tide and the cover. Alabama 31, Florida 6
Wimp Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Injuries will play a big factor in this game. Look for Bama to get an early lead go conservative and cruise to victory. Alabama 35, Florida 7
Barry Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Alabama will show what a big gap there is between themselves and best team in the east. The defense will dominate once again. Alabama 31, Florida 3
Gary Harris, Host of The Gary Harris Show
Alabama and Florida played in the first SEC Championship Game in 1992, so it's only fitting that the Tide and the Gators will square off in the 25th Anniversary of the game. Back in 1992, Alabama was undefeated as is the case this year and Florida was a big underdog, which is also the case this year. Bama needed a late Antonio Langham interception return for a touchdown to win in 1992, but no such miracle will be needed this Saturday. Alabama 31, Florida 9
Travis Reier, Host of Southern Fried Sports
Expecting a game similar to last week and, really, last year's game against Florida. The Gators struggle to score against average defenses. UF scoring enough against this Alabama bunch to win is difficult to fathom. Alabama 27, Florida 9
Aaron Suttles, Host of The Suttles Approach
Florida is out of gas and down a lot of good players. Alabama wears down the Gators and rolls. Alabama 37, Florida 3
Ryan Fowler, Host of The Game
Having a hard time convincing myself that Florida can compete with Alabama, the Gators defense will keep them in the game for the 1st half. However, Alabama will dominate the 2nd half because time of possession will wear out the Florida defense. Florida has given up 12.0 sacks in November, which is the worst in the SEC during that time frame, not a good recipe when facing Alabama’s defense. The Crimson Tide will win the 26th SEC title and will march into CFB playoffs with more confidence. Alabama 31, Florida 0
Ben George, Digital Managing Editor
Alabama hasn't completely clicked on offense yet, which is a concern heading into the postseason. Thankfully, the defense should have little trouble against an offense that scored just five touchdowns in the entire month of November. I expect the Crimson Tide to jump out to an early lead and control the clock the rest of the way. Alabama 29, Florida 6
James Hardy, Producer
While Alabama has an opportunity to seal their spot in the College Football Playoff with a win, the Gators have an opportunity to give Jim McElwain his biggest win in his coaching career. Florida has the top pass defense in the SEC, but Alabama will win thanks to their play along the line of scrimmage. Alabama 27, Florida 9
Thomas Paradiso, Producer
Prediction: The SEC championship is here! Featuring a rematch from last year, The Tide takes on the Gators. This Florida squad is completely different from last year's, and I just don't see Florida's depleted offense boding well against this Alabama defense. Avoid the turnovers that we had issues with in the Iron Bowl, and Alabama captures its 3rd SEC championship in a row. Alabama 35, Florida 15