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SEC Championship Point Spread Preview: Florida Vs. Alabama

Joe DuffyAnalyst IDecember 3, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I have to love the fact I have a sports bar setup at the international headquarters at OffshoreInsiders.com   

On one television, I have to stay loyal to the alma mater California University of PA and watch their Division II Final 4 victory over Northwest Missouri State. The start will coincide with the fourth quarter of one of the great games of all-time, the 2009 SEC Championship Game.

The Florida vs. Alabama betting odds has the Gators laying 5.5 at BetUs Sportsbook and six at BetUs Sportsbook. The total is 41.5. Here is the official sports handicapping preview of the Crimson Tide-Gators.

Each team is 12-0 straight up. Florida is 6-5 straight up against the spread and they’ve gone under 8-3 this year including eight of their last 10. Alabama is 7-4 against the spread going under at a 5-5 rate, but they’ve gone under 4-1-1 the last six.

Let’s compare the key numbers used by professional bettors and top football handicappers.

The Gators are better on offense getting 5.6 yards per rush compared to 5.2 for the Roll Tide. In the air, Florida gets 8.8 yards per pass compared to 7.4 for Alabama.

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Although Florida allows a point less per game than Alabama, Nick Saban’s boys are better in the more accurate key indicators. Florida allows a measly 2.9 yards per rush but ‘Bama is even more impressive at 2.6. Ditto on yards per pass as the Tide have a 5.1 to 5.3 edge.

Against the spread records: Florida is a perfect 6-0 as a favorite of 3.5-10 and 11-2 after getting more than 200 rushing yards last game. However, Florida has dropped 4-of-5 inside the SEC. The Crimson Tide are 9-4 in conference games.

For more information: The betting college football point spreads are up in the Conference USA Championship Game Houston vs. East Carolina; ACC Championship Georgia Tech vs. Clemson; Big 12 Texas vs. Nebraska and more. Also the football picks are part of the OffshoreInsiders.com Network.

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