GAINESVILLE -- My friend and former colleague Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News predicted today that Alabama would defeat Florida 24-23 in the Southeastern Conference championship game. LINK! Wow! Talk about no respect.
We're not talking about a lack of respect for Florida, of course. We're calling Kevin out on Gator Clause for his obvious lack of respect for two of the best defenses in college football. Kevin, 47 total points!?! I'd take that over-under betting line and buy a new car with my winnings!
Scarbo is one of the best writers in the Southeast, so we respect his prediction, however, Gator Clause must respectfully disagree. As the SEC title game draws nigh, there's going to be plenty of talk about which team has the better offense: Florida and Tim Tebow or Alabama and Mark Ingram. What do we think? Pointless discussion. Gator Clause isn't laying down an official prediction just yet, but the editorial board is willing to make this educated guess: Neither offense will be good enough to consistently do much of anything against superior opposing defenses.
Offensive stats won't matter in this game, because there will be none. Coaching won't matter in this game, because both teams obviously have quality guys on the sidelines. This game will be determined by field position, punting, field goals, kick-return yards and one big play. An interception return by Ahmad Black, a missed tackle on Julio Jones (a la LSU), a blocked punt by Chris Rainey, a forced fumble by Rolando McClain: who knows, but something is going to happen -- one big play -- that will determine who represents the SEC in the national championship game (assuming both teams are still undefeated on Dec.5).
Is it too early to start hyping what could possibly be one of the most anticipated games in SEC history? Heck no!