Florida-Alabama Football: SEC Championship Breakdown

Christopher Williams@@6thCLagniappeCorrespondent INovember 30, 2008

On Saturday, the SEC championship game not only has conference pride on the line, it has national championship interest as well.

Simply put, if Florida beats Alabama, they will advance to the National Championship; if Alabama beats Florida, they will go to the big show.

The rankings could possibly change when the BCS comes out later today, but currently Alabama is ranked No. 1 and Florida is ranked No. 4. More than likely, the SEC champion will play either No. 2 Texas or No. 3 Oklahoma, but anything can happen from now until next Saturday.

So who will win the SEC championship? Well I don’t want to make any predictions, but if you look at the match up, Florida has this game won already.

Although Florida is 10-1 while Alabama is 11-0, the numbers speak for themselves. Florida has scored a total of 556 points, which is 181 more than Alabama’s 375.

On defense, Alabama has given up nine fewer points than Florida; the Crimson Tide has only allowed 138 while Florida has allowed 147. Based on the ratio, Florida wins this category.

Alabama’s fifth-year senior quarterback, John Parker Wilson, threw for nine touchdowns this year and five interceptions, which isn’t even close to the numbers Florida’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Tim Tebow, put up this year.

Tebow threw for 25 touchdowns and two interceptions. It should also be pointed out that Florida has a more experienced quarterback on the bench than Alabama so if John Parker Wilson and Tim Tebow both get hurt and the backups are forced to play, Florida will be in better shape.

On the ground, Florida also beats Bama as for as the numbers are concerned. Florida rushed the ball a total of 459 times and gained a total of 2,845 yards, while Bama rushed the ball 492 times gained 2,431 yards. Arguably, the Crimson Tide depends on the running game more than Florida does.

Also, someone can make the argument that Florida played a tougher schedule than Bama, but I don’t want to get into that topic at the moment.

Both teams are playing very well right now, and the obvious pick for this game would be Florida, but if it comes down to coaching and preparing his team for big games, I would have to give the advantage to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Still, Urban Meyer doesn’t do that bad of a job getting his team up for big games either.

Is there anymore to say about this game? Do I need to go into further detail and look at it piece by piece? It will be difficult to make a prediction, because logic tells me the better team on paper is the lower-ranked team, so if I had to make a prediction based of the facts, it would be impossible.

Obviously, the only thing many readers want to read is articles in which the logical pick is picked.

Good luck to both teams and I will be pulling for whatever teams advances into the national championship. Thank you for reading, and if you have a few minutes, please view my blog at www.purplegrowl.com.