(IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW)
Thirteen weeks after the start of the college football season, Florida and Alabama are meeting for the SEC championship — which is exactly what we thought would happen back in September.
Now, I can understand why fans at LSU and Tennessee and Ole Miss and certainly Georgia weren’t conceding anything back then. But considering both the Gators and Crimson Tide are 12-0, there’s no reason to play the woulda-coulda-shoulda game. These are the two best teams, not just in the conference but in the nation. It’s the best possible scenario for the SEC.
In this week’s flawless financial forecast, I predicted a Florida win. Honestly, I was leaning toward Alabama most of the season. But a few of weeks ago, I started to get the feeling the Gators were just bored most of the season and were only playing as well as they had to. No, the Florida offense is not as explosive as a year ago. The loss of Percy Harvin hurt more than most expected. But the Gators can still run the ball and make plays to win games.
The teams are mirror images of each other in many ways. Both have great defenses. Both have great running games. Both have coaches who have won big games. The one significant difference is pretty obvious: Tim Tebow.
I know. Tim Tebow — those are two words many of you just don’t want to read any more. But in a relatively even game, I’ll take the team with the most difference makers. Alabama does not have an answer for Tebow. I’m still not convinced he’ll be successful as an NFL quarterback, but he’s as good as anybody has ever seen at that position in college.
The good news, Georgia fans, is he has only two games left in his college career.
OK, one last thought and then I’ll turn this over to you. I know devout Bulldogs fans will have a difficult time rooting for either side. (One exception: my daughter, Sierra, who never would consider pulling for the Gators in anything, and is considering attending Alabama.) But if you had to choose sides, who are you pulling for today: Tebow and the Gators or Nick Saban or Alabama?
Let me know what you think about today’s game and I’ll check back shortly. But first, I need coffee.
(ALL IMPORTANT UPDATE! I couldn’t resist posting this. Reader Andy Rosenberg emailed me the “Tim Tebow SEC Championship Drinking Game.” This disclaimer: I am NOT promoting anybody getting drunk. There. I’m covered. But here it is.)
Rules for Tebow drinking game:
♦ Drink every time Tebow is called “a warrior.”
♦ Drink every time Tebow’s called “a leader,” then salute.
♦ Drink every time Tebow’s called a special athlete”
♦ Finish your drink if the announcers suggest Tebow should win the Heisman again this year.
♦ Drink every time Tebow points to the sky. Then realize the only reason the sky hasn’t fallen is the strength of his pointing.
♦ Drink every time he’s shown on the sidelines flapping his arms like a bird (or an idiot) to pump up the crowd.
♦ Drink every time Tebow’s on camera for no reason when the Florida defense is on the field.
♦ Drink every time Tebow is seen screaming with his helmet off.
♦ Drink every time they show a “I Heart Tebow” sign in the stands.
♦ Drink every time you see a Florida fan in “jorts” [jean shorts]. (Small sips on this one. Otherwise it could kill you).
♦ Shot every time they mention his experience as missionary.
♦ If they mention him performing circumcisions in the Philippines while he was a missionary: Chug your beer, do a shot of Patron.