First things first. Kirby Smart, Alabama’s defensive coordinator, reportedly is remaining with the Crimson Tide “through the College Football Playoff process” before heading to Athens to become the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. You cannot begin to imagine what a relief that is to this diehard Bama fan. My perspective is that Smart should be there to share in the glory when Bama whips some Gator ass at the Georgia Dome and the Tide goes on to win the National Championship.
If Alabama wins this afternoon as expected, it will be the 10th consecutive year they have appeared in a BCS Championship Game or the College Football Playoff. The series history between these two schools is 38-23-14 with Bama owning the series. The Tide, in fact, has won two of the three SEC Championship Games since 1999 and has a four-game winning streak against the Gators.
The Alabama faithful fondly remember the glorious 32-13 loss they executed against an undefeated defending champion Gators team and their Heisman Trophy quarterback Tim Tebow in the 2009 SEC Championship Game. At game’s end, Tebow was inconsolable as the nation watched him openly weeping on the sidelines. Afterwards Alabama would springboard into three national championships in four seasons. So humiliating was the loss that Head Coach Urban Meyer would quit college football after the following season and the Gators football program would spiral into oblivion.
Anyone who follows this blog knows that I am steeped in Alabama Crimson Tide football and my reverence for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. I’ve been a fan all my life. The Bear would be proud of the boys from Tuscaloosa.
Florida doesn’t stand a chance today. I’ve got a feeling that Bama is going to bring home its 16th national championship. Today’s game begins that quest.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
They're all saying ROLL TIDE at SEC Fanfare! The @AlabamaFTBL pep rally is happening now. #SECATL pic.twitter.com/9uUckm4XFS— SEC Sports (@SEC) December 5, 2015