The SEC is riding a high unmatched in college football history. The last six national champions came from the SEC. It is favored to make it seven straight. Half of the nation’s top 12 ranked teams are from the SEC.
You get the picture. Never has it been more understandable being an SEC snob – or easier to defend. That the SEC is college football at its best – on the field at least – is an open-and-shut case.
Saturday’s SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia will only enhance the conference’s already gaudy image. For the record, I expect who wins in Atlanta to spank Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game.
So who’ll win the SEC title? The odds-makers have made Alabama a 7-point favorite. That sounds about right to me. I expect the game to live up to the hype and be decided late in the fourth quarter.
Why do I give ‘Bama the edge? Because I think A.J. McCarron is a better quarterback than Aaron Murray. History shows McCarron often played his best against the best competition; Murray did not. That’s about the only real difference I see between the two teams.
Neither played an overly demanding schedule. They played five common opponents and the only competitive game of the bunch was UGa’s 51-44 victory against Tennessee, a team the Tide pounded 44-13. Both teams lost to 10-win opponents. While Georgia’s lone loss was an embarrassing 35-7 game at South Carolina, Alabama lost 34-29 at home against Texas A&M, which took an early 20-0 lead.
Both teams have excellent coaches with impressive resumes. Both have defenses that can take over games. Both have outstanding offensive lines and a pair of proven running backs. Both have injury problems at wide receiver.
I hear Bulldog fans screaming at me. I’ll hear them crying Saturday night. My heart wants to see Georgia win, but my head says the Crimson Tide rolls to a 24-17 victory.
In other selected games:
The Jaguars (2-9) are a better team with Chad Henne at quarterback, but that doesn’t mean it is a good team. The hosts Bills win 35-24 . . . FSU (10-2) cruises over Georgia Tech (6-6) in Charlotte in the ACC title game by 45-17 . . . Kansas State wins the Big 12 by beating visiting Texas 35-21 . . . Nebraska wins the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis by whipping Wisconsin 35-28.
Finally, fans of teams I picked to lose should rejoice. It has been a tough year for me and it became a lot worse last week. I was 1-6 picking winners (45-39 overall) and 0-7 picking against the spread (34-50). Yes, I’m thinking of a second career as a plumber.
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