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SEC Bloggers SEC Championship Picks
Florida QB Tim Tebow
Florida QB Tim Tebow
Collegefootballnews.com
Posted Dec 4, 2009


CFN's SEC Bloggers provide their winners for each SEC game played this season.

The week all SEC fans have been waiting for is finally here, and CFN’s SEC Bloggers were brave enough to give you their analysis, winner and score. After a well fought, season-long duel between the guys, Brian has a four game lead over Gabe heading into the Championship Game/Bowl Season. It was decided to continue picking games throughout the SEC Bowl season and count each SEC game towards the overall record in order to determine the eventual winner.


SEC Championship Game Thoughts and Predictions

Billy Gomila
In the battle of the league's best two defenses, I'll bet on the team with the best quarterback. Tebow will make enough plays to make a difference, while Florida's outstanding front seven (even sans-Carlos Dunlap) will hold a less-than-fresh Mark Ingram in check. Jeff Demps will make a big run in the fourth quarter, paved by the Pouncey Twins, who have been the nation's best guard-center combo this season.
Florida 27 Alabama 14

Brian Harbach
The defenses will determine the direction of this game, even though the offensive talent is off the charts. Most people see players like Tebow, Jones, Ingram, Riley Cooper, Demps, Arenas and think about the scoreboard lighting up. I keep seeing the defensive stars in this game, and it is hard to imagine either offense sustaining drives and controlling the ball. Big plays are going to define this game. If Auburn can control the Alabama offensive line for much of the game, and keep Mark Ingram locked down, what do you reasonably expect Florida to do? Florida has the corners to slow down Jones, they have the linebackers to tackle Ingram, and they have the special teams to limit Arenas’ big play ability. No one has an answer for Tebow, at least not yet. So Florida is the pick.
Florida 17 Alabama 14

Gabe Harris
These are two very evenly matched teams. Both have fast defenses, strong running games that set up the pass and great coaching staffs. The loss of Carlos Dunlap hurts Florida but it's not like Alabama takes a lot of seven-step drops that enables pass rushers to cause havoc in the backfield. Plus, Florida backups aren't exactly walk-ons. Florida will try to put the game in Greg McElroy's hands and Alabama will play better than it did against Auburn but it won't be enough. I keep coming back to one thing...Tim Tebow. He's the best player on the field and that usually makes the difference in games between otherwise even teams.
Florida 24 Alabama 17

Russ Mitchell
Alabama's weakness (QB) is Florida's strength (DBs). Last year, with a more seasoned QB, and facing virtually this same Gator D, 'bama had but one yard of offense in the 4Q. This year, that D is even better. Given he's not 100%, it's hard to imagine 'bama's Mark Ingram getting as many yards after first contact as usual, and the Tide need every one of those drive-extending, time-eating yards. McElroy hasn't been nearly as good these past four weeks as the popular media is hyping; that and his inexperience with show in spades on Saturday. Expect to see a lot of Leigh Tiffin, and even more Tim Tebow.
Florida 24 Alabama 16

Barrett Sallee
The Gator defense is just too good. It seems like everyone in the nation has been clamoring for this game for an entire year, which means that this game is prime for a let down. The Gators have been doing it with defense the entire year, and Saturday will be no different. The game plan is simple, shut down Alabama's running game and force them to be one-dimensional. If Auburn can do it, Florida certainly can too. Florida wins by 10 in a game that isn't as close as the score indicates. The Crimson Tide may be in a position to make a game of it at times, but the Florida defense won't let that happen. Joe Haden will be your game MVP.
Florida 27 Alabama 17

SEC Blogger Standings

Brian
79-16
Gabe
75-20
Russ
74-21
Barrett
74-21
Billy
72-23

If you disagree or don’t like who the guys are picking, make sure you let them know.

Billy Gomila

Brian Harbach

Gabe Harris

Russ Mitchell

Barrett Sallee


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