After a lackluster home loss to rival Florida State last week, the Florida Gators get a shot at a monumental upset this weekend in Atlanta as they look to knock of No. 2-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship game. The matchup will be the eighth meeting between the two teams in the league title contest, but first since 2009. Kick-off at the Georgia Dome is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. with the game airing nationally on CBS. The Baltimore Gator Club will host a special watch party for the game, complete with a raffle. So come on down to the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row as the Gators try to win their eighth SEC championship game.
The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Florida (10-2, 7-1 SEC) represents the SEC East after sweeping through the division and only dropping one conference contest all year, a road lost at LSU back in October. Last weekend the Gators were humbled at home as visiting Florida State shutout the UF offense en route to 27-2 victory in Gainesville. The Gators, now ranked No. 18, managed just 262 yards on offense in the game while the defense gave up more than 14 points for the first time since the aforementioned loss to LSU.
Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) arrives in Atlanta as the SEC West champions for the third time in four seasons, winning the league title in each of its last three meetings. The Crimson Tide last lost in the SEC Championship game back in 2008 when the Gators handed Bama a 31-20 loss. Alabama has won its last nine games, including a 29-13 road victory in the Iron Bowl at Auburn last weekend. Heisman candidate Derrick Henry ran for 271 yards on 46 carries and scored once for the visitors.
Saturday’s meeting between the Gators and Crimson Tide will be the 39th overall and eighth in the SEC title game. Alabama holds a 24-14 advantage in the all-time series, but Florida has won four of the previous seven championship contests. The squads split the last two meetings in Atlanta with UF winning in 2008, but Alabama returning the favor in 2009. Each squad went on to win the national championship after the league title game. The teams met most recently in 2014 with Alabama rolling to a 42-21 win at Tuscaloosa.