This weekend conference championship games highlight the football schedule with College Football Playoff spots on the line. In one game, the No. 15 ranked Florida Gators play the No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC Championship.
Florida is the last hurdle for Alabama to return to the College Football Playoff Final Four.
At the same time, Florida hopes to upset the Crimson Tide to win the SEC championship and possibly land a New Year’s Day bowl appearance. The Tide comes into the game with a winning streak of 9 games, while the Gators have had four straight less than stellar performances.
The Tide is attempting to become the first SEC team to win consecutive conference titles since 1997-98 when Tennessee won two straight. Their only loss on the season was to Ole Miss 43-37 on September 19, but they have climbed to No. 2 in the CFP rankings since.
Florida is making its first appearance in the SEC title game in six years and over the last month has not played well. The Gators eked out wins over Vanderbilt followed by South Carolina before going to overtime to beat Florida Atlantic and being routed 27-2 by Florida State at home last week.
The Florida defense is what could win the game for the Gators. Overall, the defense is ranked in the top 10 nationally, but has experienced trouble stopping the run the past month.
Alabama after a few missteps early in the season has focused in its incredible running game on offense. Derrick Henry, the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy has rushed for 1,797 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Latest Line: Alabama vs Florida
Favorite: Alabama -18, Over/Under: 40
During the regular season, Florida had an overall record of 10-2 straight up and 7-5 against the spread. Alabama on the record season was 11-1 SU and 7-5 ATS.
Florida holds as 4-3 edge in SEC championship games over Alabama, but the Tide has won four straight against Florida overall.
The favorite has covered the number in 4 of the past 5 games between the two teams.
The home team has covered the number in 4 of the past 5 games between the two.
Florida is 1-9-1 against the spread in the past 11 games versus Alabama.
Lean: This is Alabama from start to finish. The Tide may not cover early, but before the fourth quarter is over, Alabama will cover.
Lean toward the Tide.