The SEC Championship Game has arrived, and while everyone knows Alabama is a heavy favorite over the SEC East champ, there are a number of things you should know before showing up on Saturday in order to impress your friends (or avoid being embarrassed).
1. Let’s start simple. This is the 25th SEC Championship Game. The first one was in 1992!
2. This is the ninth time that Alabama and Florida are squaring off in the SEC Championship Game. The next most common matchup in the 25 years of the championship game is LSU vs. Georgia (they’ve met 3 times).
3. Of the previous 8 meetups in the Championship Game, Alabama has won four and Florida has won four. Alabama has won the previous two meetings in 2009 and 2015.
4. Five times the winner of the Alabama-Florida SEC Championship has gone on to win the national championship.
5. This is Verne Lundquist’s last SEC broadcast for CBS. Pay some respect to the legendary broadcaster, even if he’s gotten a little sloppy in recent years, k?
6. This is Florida head coach Jim McElwain’s 4th SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Florida. He was on staff under Nick Saban during the 2008 and 2009 games, and of course, the Gators were in the game in 2015 under McElwain.
7. Alabama is favored by 24 points in this game, but it’s only tied for the largest spread in SEC Championship Game history. Florida was favored by 24 over Arkansas back in 1995. Yes, Florida covered the spread with a 34-3 victory.
8. The SEC East hasn’t won the championship game since the Gators beat Alabama back in 2008.
9. In 25 games, both SEC Championship Game participants have been No. 1 and No. 2 in the AP poll only twice. Yep, it was Florida vs. Alabama in both occurrences (2008, 2009).
Now you’re well informed about this year’s SEC Championship Game.
While the outcome seems certain, let’s not neglect the fact that the SEC still operates by far the best conference championship game in all of college football.
While other conferences play with the format, schedule the game on Friday nights, ponder whether or not to even have one, the SEC has been hosting incredible championship games since 1992.
Enjoy the game, stay safe and as always, enjoy some cold Bud Light as you tailgate.