Final Thoughts for a Championship

Each week we talk about some things that can happen in the current game the Gators are playing that could lead to a win. Here are five things to ponder from what looks like a very lopsided venture for Saturday in the Georgia Dome.

SEC Championship

# 18 Florida Gators (10-2, 7-1) vs #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1)

Atlanta, Georgia; The Georgia Dome

December 5, 2015; 4 p.m.

TV: CBS

Thought 1 – Derrick Henry ran the ball 46 times last week. I don’t care who you are that is a ridiculous amount of carries and with all the heavy hitting in the Auburn game, maybe there is some kind of toll that he paid could be realized in the Georgia Dome Saturday. Whether they play like it or not, there is little doubt that Florida is the best defense Henry will face all season and so this is something to watch.

Thought 2 – Callaway can make a difference#69 in the country and giving up an average of 8.26 yards per return. Callaway has shown a penchant for the big return and is averaging 14.0 yards per return, good enough for 7th in the nation. A couple of nonsense holding calls have kept him from leqding the nation in the category.

Thought 3 – Got to make them pay. It is going to be nearly impossible to run on Alabama. Not one team they have faced has matched or bettered their rushing average against the Crimson Tide. The Gators already come in at 103rd in the country averaging just 137 yards per game. Therefore it is imperative, when the deep ball is thrown and put in place, whoever is on the receiving end needs to come down with the ball. There aren’t going to be a lot of chances, but this is the best hope.

Thought 4 – Stay loose on offense. Things are going to be tough. There are going to be several series where nothing is accomplished. That is when it is time for them to brush themselves off and head back out for the next series and treat it like it is the first. Nobody said it would be easy to play in the SECCG, bring your lunch pail.

Thought 5 – Dominate the money down. Florida makes a big deal out of defending the ‘money down’ or 3rd downs while on defense. Alabama is 89th nationally in converting third downs for the season hitting at 35.9% pace, while the gators are 10th nationally on defense allowing 30% 3rd down conversion percentage.

 

 


Fightin Gators Top Stories