It’s that time of year again when, despite the current BCS system, the SEC will hold its annual playoff to determine a new college football champion. Say what you will, but until some team from another conference beats the SEC in the title game, the SEC Championship is, and will remain, a BCS title game semi-final, where the victor is the odds on favorite to win it all.
At this point we know two things: Notre Dame is sitting pretty as the No. 1 team in the country having already secured its spot in the title game, and the winner of the Alabama-Georgia game will absolutely walk all over the Irish in January. I know what you’re thinking –saying that the SEC Champion will have no problem with Notre Dame would be considered getting ahead of myself a little bit right? See the first paragraph of this post for that answer.
Prediction: Notre Dame will go down in epic fashion to the winner of the Bama-Georgia game and the SEC will win its seventh straight BCS title.
Now let’s move on to the more important parts of college football, more specifically, the SEC Championship.
I picked Georgia to win the East way back at the start of the season and they didn’t disappoint. Sure, we all wondered about ‘them Dawgs after a terrible loss to South Carolina earlier in the year, but since then, they’ve really pulled things together and rebounded nicely.
To be honest, I was a little concerned that the defense of Alabama would have had more trouble than they did this year since they lost so many starters to the NFL draft, but Nick Saban has done what he does best and coached his guys up to playing at a level beyond their abilities. That’s not to say that this 2012 Crimson Tide defense isn’t talented, because it is, but talent can only go so far. In the SEC, great teams usually pair talent with experience to gain the upper hand.
The outcome of this game is really tough to call. Georgia is stacked with future NFL talent, but the Bulldogs have a history of not living up to expectations. Alabama however, has dominated most everyone they’ve lined up against this year, but have had certain areas of their game exposed by the better quarterbacks in the league.
Rumor is, red-shirt freshman Chris Black will forgo his red-shirt status and join the Crimson Tide in the line-up on Saturday. For those not in the know, Black was a highly recruited player who was injured before the season got underway. By all accounts, he is going to be a fantastic WR for the Tide, and with Alabama losing Kenny Bell to injury last week, both Saban and Black made the decision to drop the red-shirt and put Black on the field against Georgia. Though he may end up being the amazing receiver everyone thinks he will be, I think his inexperience will hinder him in this game and he won’t be much of a factor. However, if I’m wrong and Black does show up and show out, he’ll be a threat that the Bulldogs will have not been able to prepare for.
So now it’s time for the pick and I’m going to go against the grain here and do something that will probably haunt my dreams. It’s a difficult decision, but it’s one that has to be made. When the game ends Saturday night and the confetti begins to fall, the SEC East will have emerged as the 2012 SEC Champion.
My pick: Georgia 24-Alabama 21
Until next time, Roll Tide!