SEC Championship 2016: Alabama vs. Florida Live Score and Highlights

Brad Shepard@@Brad_ShepardFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2016

Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) celebrates with tight end Hale Hentges (84) after scoring a touchdown against Auburn during the second half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill

Virtually everybody predicted mighty, top-ranked Alabama would obliterate Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide obliged, turning a three-score halftime advantage into a 54-16 blowout with a shutout second half against the Gators. After the final buzzer, Alabama head coach Nick Saban pumped his fist toward his team before going over and shaking the hand of former assistant and UF head coach Jim McElwain.

"This is a great win for our team. Our players really deserve this; going undefeated this year," Saban told CBS after the game. "I was a little concerned going into the game how we would come out here and play, but I was really pleased and proud of the way they competed in the game. Florida's got a good team. They got a little wore down in the game, but Jim's done a great job there.

"It's always something special to win the SEC."

There wasn't much doubt. The Crimson Tide dominated the game on the ground in the second half, and they dominated the entire game on defense and special teams to cruise into the College Football Playoff as the prohibitive favorite to win the national championship.

Who is going to beat Alabama? Nobody if it plays like it did Saturday, and it wasn't even at its best.