When the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide played for the SEC Championship yesterday it could have been equivalent to the National Championship game. Both teams are National Championship caliber teams, instead the game decided who would get to go to the BCS Championship game.
The match up was classic and it was one of the better SEC Championship games ever played in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide was up 20-17 going into the 4th quarter but the Gators scored 14 unanswered points to pull off a 31-20 victory.
Alabama was able to make adjustments throughout the game which kept them in it, but Florida had the tools to pull it out in the 4th quarter. Now Florida will likely play the Oklahoma Sooners in the National Championship game.
Although Oklahoma is playing great ball right now, I honestly think Florida and Alabama could be Oklahoma. The Big 12 lacks defense and Alabama would not allow the Sooners to score at will on them, the Gators can score at will and have a good enough defense to stop a team like Oklahoma from score every possession.
Next year Florida will likely be good, but I do not see them in the National Championship. Unfortunately for Bama, they will struggle at the quarterback position and will likely not be in the SEC Championship game next year, but this year I honestly believe both teams are the best two teams in College Football.
Also, I think Oklahoma was lucky to play Missouri in the Big 12 Conference Championship. Obviously the two best teams in the Big 12 is Oklahoma and Texas and Texas didn’t have another chance to prove they are better than Oklahoma.
Something has to be done to assure the National Championship is represented by the two best teams in the nation. It is obvious Florida deserves to be there, but there are four teams who can make the argument they deserve to be there instead of Oklahoma, but this is a topic for another day.
Congratulations to both Florida and Alabama for having a great year and I hope Florida can win a 3rd straight title for the SEC.