Alabama vs. Florida: 5 Reasons They'll Meet Again in the SEC Title Game

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

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Many consider the SEC as the most powerful conference in the country in college football.

The conference has won six straight BCS national championships and has featured multiple champions during the streak.

Auburn, Florida, LSU and Alabama have been the most recent champions and they have been the heavyweights in college football's best conference.

Alabama and Florida met in a clash of ranked SEC superpowers and the Crimson Tide crushed the Gators in Gainesville by a score of 38-10 behind Trent Richardson's almost 200 yards of total offense and two scores.

The Crimson Tide and the Gators have been ranked since the beginning of the season, and since they play in the same division as the No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers, they will both have to beat the best team in the country in order to get to the SEC championship game.

Trent Richardson will have a big say in how far Alabama goes this season, as teams often sell out to stop the run, and A.J. McCarron is good enough at quarterback to manage the game and not make any mistakes that would hurt his team's chance to win.

Florida will have a much tougher road to get to the conference title game, as they get the first crack to try to beat the Tigers at home next week. 

John Brantley had better bring his A-game and be prepared to be knocked around by the dominant, physical defense of LSU if he can play after suffering a leg injury against Alabama. 

Here are five reasons that the two teams will meet again in the always highly-anticipated conference title game:


5. Running Game is Key

Both Alabama's Trent Richardson and Florida's Jeff Demps have the ability to take over games and control the time of possession for their teams, while also making the biggest impact possible to take pressure off of their quarterbacks.


4. Same Tough Schedule

Both teams will be tested by conference foes, and both teams have shown that they can handle adversity.  Both teams will most likely have to get by No.1 LSU to even stand a chance. 


3. Coaches Who Demand Perfection

Florida's Will Muschamp and Alabama's Nick Saban are coaches that command respect and demand the best from their football teams. Muschamp is taking over for the Florida legend Urban Meyer, and is still getting his feet underneath him. Saban is used to success, having won a national championship in 2009 with the Crimson Tide. 


2. Quarterback Play

Florida's John Brantley and Alabama's A.J. McCarron are both good quarterbacks who can play the game well enough to not make any mistakes.  Florida hopes that Brantley will be available for their clash with No. 1 LSU next week, and McCarron has an easier job since he has Trent Richardson in the backfield.


1. Crowd Advantage

Both teams have passionate fan bases. A lot of people don't think that fans have anything to do with the game, but I tend to disagree as noise can be a huge factor in opposing quarterbacks hearing playcalls from the offensive coordinator and getting their teams set and lined up correctly.

The SEC has always been an unpredictable conference, as new teams are rising and falling and new heavyweights come in on a yearly basis. Stay Tuned.