Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Florida Gators—and Some Jabs at Auburn

Ardemus MonroeContributor ISeptember 27, 2011

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  Head coach Nick Saban and Mike Johnson #78 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after their 32-13 win against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There are some things in life you can always count on.  You can count to 10 on your fingers and toes—although my good friend Red can only count to 6.5 on his because of an unfortunate incident with his ex-wife.  However, that’s a tale for a different time.

You can also count on there being at least one new sighting of Big Foot every year or so.  There’s even an old axiom or two that you can always count on, like "nothing ventured, nothing gained" and "what goes up must come down." 

You can ask the Auburn Tigers about that last one

You can also ask them about the first one if those pesky rumors about Cam Newton are ever proven to be true. (That’s a joke, Auburn.  Don’t go walking around with your panties all in a wad).

You can also count on this: When the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida Gators meet on the football field, the outcome will play a big role in the national championship picture.  It always does.

And this game coming up Saturday could be a humdinger.

Don’t expect it to be a high-scoring affair.  Both offenses are kind of like a Big Mac from Mickey D’s—pretty good but nothing to write home about.  There are a few bright stars for both teams on the offensive sides of the ball, but no one would mistake their offensive units for a supernova.

Their defenses are a different story, though.  The Tide and Gators are first and second respectively in almost every defensive category in the SEC and, as we all know, if you’re atop the SEC you’re also atop the college football world. 

Don’t expect it to be a 3-2 affair like we saw with Auburn and Mississippi State back in the fall of ’08, but neither will it be 43-42.  Unlike my last trip to the blackjack tables at Caesar’s Palace, the first team to hit 27 will walk away as a winner.

That team will not be the Florida Gators.

There may be a few teams around that could score four touchdowns on the Crimson Tide defense, but they play their games on Sundays.  'Bama’s defense is too mean and too ornery to allow for such an occurrence, not to mention too well coached.  Nick Saban and Kirby Smart have schooled the Tide’s defensive units to the point where their I.Q. is off the charts.  They know how to play, how not to play, where to be and where not to be. 

The Gators are not far behind them (which, by default, puts them way ahead of everyone else), but they’ve got another year or two before they can apply for entrance into Mensa. 

Right now, there’s only one team that qualifies.

I wonder which team that would be?


Alabama 28, Florida 17


Roll Tide.