Florida dealing with upset loss, Alabama's awe factor entering SEC title game

Gainesville Sun photo by Brad McClenny / Defensive back Eli Ricks returns an interception of Kyle Trask 68 yards for a touchdown during LSU's 37-34 upset of Florida last Saturday night in the Swamp.

The Southeastern Conference championship game hasn't produced many fights to the finish in recent years, as reflected by LSU's 37-10 drubbing of Georgia last December.

Nine of the past 11 matchups have been decided by at least two touchdowns, though the two exceptions were quite thrilling with Alabama's 32-28 topping of Georgia in 2012 and the Crimson Tide's 35-28 comeback triumph over the Bulldogs two years ago.

This Saturday's contest between No. 1 Alabama and No. 11 Florida will take place at night for the first time, but the oddsmakers are not expecting much drama. The 10-0 Crimson Tide are 17-point favorites against a Gators team that will enter Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium having been stunned 37-34 at home last weekend by an LSU team that entered the Swamp with a 3-5 record.

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