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CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

Posted on: December 1, 2008 1:22 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2008 7:12 pm
 

Alabama and Florida are about to make history.

The top two teams in this week CBSSports.com 120 are also ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in the BCS, marking the first time in BCS history that two teams ranked in the Top 5 will meet in a Conference Championship Game.

Before the emails coming flying in about Ohio State vs. Michigan, stress the words -- "Conference Championship Game."

Yes, No. 1 Ohio State took on No. 2 Michigan in the final game of their regular season in 2006, but it wasn't a conference title game because the Big Ten doesn't have one.

Even last year's crazy season had an SEC title game between No. 7 LSU and No. 14 Tennessee, while the Big 12 game featured No. 1 Missouri and No. 9 Oklahoma.

Another game between top five teams in the last week of the regular season was between No. 3 Nebraska and No. 4 Colorado. The Buffaloes smashed the Huskers 62-36 and advanced to the Big 12 title game against Texas, which was ranked No. 7 in the BCS. No worries for Nebraska, though, because it still found itself in the national title game that year.

But back to this season ... Alabama is one of only four undefeated teams remaining and if it takes care of business against the Gators on Saturday in the SEC Championship (CBS, 4 p.m. ET), the Crimson Tide will be playing for the national title for the first time since winning it all in 1992. Meanwhile Florida, which is a 10-point favorite against the No. 1 ranked team in the country, will find itself in the title game if it beats the Crimson Tide.

This is about as big as it gets for two teams from the same conference.

Florida's No. 3 ranked scoring offense with 46.3 points per game vs. Alabama's No. 3 ranked scoring defense, allowing 11.5 points per game. The big difference might be that Florida's defense is ranked No. 4 (12.3 ppg), while Alabama's offense ranks 28th in the nation (32.1 ppg).

"The challenge of playing an opponent like the Florida Gators is, you know, something special for our players," said Alabama coach Nick Saban. "They certainly have an outstanding team, and Coach Meyer has done a fantastic job of putting together a bunch of outstanding athletes who play well together, and are very well coached, and execute as well as anybody in the country. Relative to their scoring offense, balance on offense, Tim Tebow's ability to execute in the way they have. They all contribute in a positive way to playing the roles, to make it difficult to defend them. Their defense is one of the top defensive teams in the nation. They've got some outstanding players, good athletes in all positions. "

The will also mark the fifth time a team from the SEC is playing in the BCS national title game since 1999, where the conference owns an undefeated record (Tennessee in 1999, LSU in 2003, Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008).

As for the other conference title games (ranking is according to the CBSSports.com 120):

ACC: Boston College (No. 16) vs. Virginia Tech (No. 26), Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, ABC -- Pretty simple the winner goes to the Orange Bowl to likely play Big East champion Cincinnati, while the loser will probably be headed to the Champs Sports Bowl to play Wisconsin/Northwestern/Minnesota. Boston College won earlier in the year 28-23.

Big 12: Oklahoma (No. 3) vs. Missouri (No. 21), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, ABC -- Now that Oklahoma is ahead of Texas in the BCS all it has to do is beat Missouri to play for the BCS national title. If the Sooners lose, Missouri goes to the Fiesta Bowl, Texas gets into the national title game and Oklahoma falls to the Cotton or Holiday Bowl. If Missouri loses, they will most likely be headed to the Alamo Bowl vs. a Big Ten team.

C-USA: Tulsa (No. 27) vs. East Carolina (No. 56), Saturday, Noon ET, ESPN2 -- Winner gets to play in the Liberty Bowl vs. an SEC squad, which will likely be Vanderbilt. If Tulsa loses it will probably end up in the Texas or Houston Bowl. Meanwhile if East Carolina loses, it will likely be headed to the GMAC Bowl against a MAC team. The two teams did not play this year.

MAC: Ball State (No. 12) vs. Buffalo (No. 52), Friday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN -- Both teams are headed to the a bowl, but the winner gets to play in the Motor City Bowl. There is talk of Ball State going to the Humanitarian Bowl to play Boise State, but there is also talk of Boise State going to play in the Poinsettia Bowl vs. BYU or TCU. If Buffalo wins, throw all that other talk out the window. The two teams did not play this year.

Also of note, even though its not a conference title game -- Arkansas State (No. 80) meets Troy (No. 70). If Troy wins, it will win the conference. If Arkansas State wins and Louisiana-Lafayette beats Middle Tennessee, it would create a three-way tie at 5-2 in Sun Belt play. Only Arkansas State and Troy would be considered because NCAA rules state a 7-5 team, must be picked over a 6-6 teams (La.-Lafayette). So based on head-to-head, the winner of the game would go to the New Orleans Bowl.

Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2008 10:58 am
 

is game available on satellite in Peru?




Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 12:22 pm
 

TWO GREAT PROGRAMS

This is an up and down series for both FLA and BAMA. Going back to the 60s there were two meetings in the early Bear Bryant days, BOTH games were played in Denny Field in Alabama (NOT a home in home series), A young Steve Spurrier led the Gators to an upset victory 10-3 in 1963 for only one of two home losses the Bear had had to date. The following year Joe Namath and company beat the Gators 17-14 at home.

There were five games played in the 70s just prior to the Bears retirement in 1979;(71/72/73/78/79) BAMA won all by an average of 2 touchdowns each.

During the 80s the two teams did not meet.

During the 90s, FLA won six (1990/1991/1992/1993/1994/1996) by an average of a touchdown and field goal each and BAMA won two (both in 1999, an OT win in the regular season and a blowout in the SEC Championship Game).

During this decade, the two did not meet until 2005 during Urban Meyer's first season. BAMA blew out FLA 31-3 during the regular season. The following year (2006) FLA won 28-13 and went on to win the NC. These are the only two games in which some players and coaches as juniors, seniors, and red-shirts may be playing against each other again, and these two games were split!

BOTTOM LINE is that NEITHER TEAM HAS DOMINATED THE OTHER during this half-century. In past 48 years these two teams have played only 17 games with Bama leading the series by one game; 9-8. BOTH teams have had 5+ game winning runs against each other. The programs for the past half century are virtually EVEN.

I am looking forward to this clash of two great programs each with a proud heritage. My heart is with my Giant Water Lizzards, but there will be no humiliation if they loose to to your Crimson Tide.

BOTH of these teams will represent OUR SEC well in the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl

Let the game begin and by the way GOOOOOOO GATORS!!!! Lets EVEN up the series



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 11:17 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

There is all this talk of Harvin, Tebow and all the others but I think that the game will come down to UF's O line. If they can control the trenches there is no doubt that they will dominate the game, and with the Pouncey twins they will win the trenches! I also see Brandon Spikes playing a big role, stopping Coffee and forcing Bama to throw and we all know what UF's secondary can do!


GO GATORS! BEAT BAMA!



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 10:36 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

NO way.... everybody concurs that UF is for sure going to be in title game if they win...



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 10:30 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

Two things worry me about the upcoming game. 1) Florida's apparent inability to cover kickoff returns. It's not like they don't get enough practice. and 2) I am sitting here in Bangkok and will be forced to listen to the game on i-net radio and watch Gametracker. I can't even get a flight out to somewhere that will carry the tv coverage. Enjoy the game. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 9:53 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

all i have to say is tebow will be tebow and that will mean florida wins everyone seen what they did to once 3rd best defence in south carolina dropped like 56 points on them florida had one bump in the road and that was a missed extra point florida will win and will be playing in the bcs championship game mark my words!



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 8:45 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

The same thing America did after Pearl Harbor!  What rock have you been under?



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 8:43 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

Speaking of trenches- look up the Gainesville(Florida) Sun's web page.  There is a pretty good article about "The Mountain" and the FL O line/running backs.  He weighs more than Demps and Rainey combined!  This is going to be a great game.  The time of possession is probably going to be like Bama 45 min FL 15.  (I hope the score is just the opposite!)  I'm not so sure either team will "crush" the Big 12, you've got to admit they really toss it around.   I think the SEC will win-just not a blowout. 



Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 8:17 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

This game will be decided on the field and we will all know the result about three hours after kickoff. I want Florida to win, but I am also happy to have 'Bama back as a power. It is because Alabama has a very good undefeted team playing against a Florida team many believe is the best team ever fielded by the Gators that makes this game so special. The winning team will know they have beaten a worthy opponent. As many have said, "on any given day", Ole Miss is a reminder, on paper and in the blogs Florida had the game won before the Kickoff. Point is, if I knew for sure who would win this game with the certainty so many here have, I would bet every dime I own so I could retire.




Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:05 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- SEC Heavyweight Fight

According to most of you, we really shouldn't play the game.  We should just hand Florida the SEC Championship and call it done.  We all know that the last thing anybody outside of the Crimson Nation wants, if for ALABAMA to become a national powerhouse again.  If Florida wins I'm going to root for them because they are in the SEC.  All I know is that the National Championship is coming home to the SEC this year too!


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