Florida head coach Dan Mullen doesnt have a strong track record versus Alabamas Nick Saban. Mullen is 0-9 versus Saban with all 9 of those losses coming when Mullen was at Mississippi State. This will be the very first meeting with Alabama during Mullens period at Florida.
The Tide likewise holds an edge in the last six conferences in between the two schools. The edge would Alabama 6 wins, Gators no. Three of those Alabama triumphes were in SEC national championship.
Standing in the method of the Crimson Tides mission is No. 7 Florida, which controlled its own destiny up until simply recently. The Gators 37-34 loss to an unranked and 3-5 LSU all however ended Floridas opportunities at playing for a nationwide title. Or did it?
The Alabama offending line is extremely capable of safeguarding Heisman Trophy preferred Mac Jones. With defense, Jones will be able to take benefit of one of the most explosive players in the nation– WR Devonta Smith.
The nations No. 1 group heads to the SEC national championship at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta with one objective– win. With a success Saturday night, Alabama will most likely clinch the No. 1 ranking in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
The present line for this video game at leading ranked sportsbooks is Alabama -17 and the total is resting at 54 points.
Speaking of Jones, he is the nations second-highest ranked passer and, with a strong efficiency Saturday night, will likely get college footballs greatest award– the Heisman Trophy. He is highly efficient and has emerged from the shadows of Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, both of whom are now in the NFL. Jones finishes over 77 percent of his passes and has thrown for 27 touchdowns compared to just 3 interceptions.
Jones equivalent, Floridas Kyle Trask, will lead the 8-2 Gators offense versus among the best defenses in the country. Trask leads the country with 40 goal passes regardless of the SEC-only schedule this season. He ranks 2nd in passing yards per game with 360.3, which is one area ahead of Jones at 345.9. Need to Trask lead and have a video game Florida to a win, he just may claim the Heisman himself.
What lots of fans might not realize is the Florida defense actually leads the SEC in sacks and is 2nd to Alabama in deals with for loss. The Gators like to blitz, a lot so that LSU made the most of it recently. Blitzes often leave defenses susceptible and Florida quit a number of big plays to the Tigers a week ago.
An Alabama-Florida SEC championship match is nothing new. The 2 groups have fulfilled 9 teams prior to Saturday night for the conference title. The Crimson Tide hold a slight 5-4 lead in SEC national championship.
The Tide ATS
Alabama has actually covered the spread in 8 of its 10 games this season. That is incredibly outstanding given the Tide have actually been double-digit favorites in all however one video game. They have been favored by 22 or more points in 8 of the 10 video games, including each of the last 6. Oh, and the Tide covered all six of those games.
Alabama has a strong death game, an elite level running game led by RB Najee Harris, and one of the best defenses in the nation (16.8 points allowed per video game). Florida, while they do have an elite offense, is a little suspect defensively. LSU showed that last week
Alabamas closest video game this season was its 41-24 defeat of eighth-ranked Georgia. The game was close until the 2nd half when the Tide blew the game open. Sabans group has actually covered spreads of 31.5, 29, and has actually covered a spread of 28.5 twice. Because beating Georgia, Alabama has actually won 6 in a row by an average of 41.8 points per video game.
If there has actually been one continuous in this really unusual 2020 season, it has actually been Alabama. The Tide is 7-0 ATS in its last seven video games.
3 of those Alabama victories were in SEC champion games.
Alabama has a strong passing game, an elite level running video game led by RB Najee Harris, and one of the finest defenses in the country (16.8 points enabled per game).
Alabama has covered the spread in 8 of its ten games this season. The game was close till the 2nd half when the Tide blew the game open. Because beating Georgia, Alabama has actually won 6 in a row by an average of 41.8 points per game.