Scouting Alabama Offense

Saturday will be the 18th SEC Football Championship Game and the first in which both teams enter the contest undefeated. Florida and Alabama will meet in the Georgia Dome with the winner moving on to the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena. It'll be the fourth consecutive year that the SEC Champ will be in that contest.

It's also the seventh time the Gators and Crimson Tide will meet in the game. Here's a look at the first six meetings:

Florida/Alabama SEC Championship Game Results --

1992 Alabama 28-21 Birmingham
1993 Florida 28-13 Birmingham
1994 Florida 24-23 Atlanta
1996 Florida 45-30 Atlanta
1999 Alabama 34-7 Atlanta
2008 Florida 31-20 Atlanta

Alabama Offense ----

Alabama is a solid, balanced offensive football team that relies heavily on a power running game and safe, controlled passing game. They average 32 points and 407 yards per game. They are a low mistake club as well, turning the ball over just 10 times in 12 games.

QB Greg McElroy has done a solid job managing the offense and leading ‘Bama to a perfect record. He has put together very solid numbers (61%, 2,211 yards, 16/4). He has never lost a game as a starting QB.

The power running game is really what makes Alabama go. They have tremendous running backs with Mark Ingram (1,447, 6.5, 12) and Trent Richardson (562, 4.9, 6). Add in speedy Roy Upchurch (233, 6.0, 2) and you have a lot of weapons back there.

The receiving corps is led by WR Julio Jones (40, 13.6, 4) who in my opinion is underutilized. He's a huge target and every bit the player AJ Green of Georgia is. Marquis Maze (25, 16.9, 2) and Darius Hanks (17, 16.0, 3) give them speed threats on the outside. TE Colin Peek (23-274, 11.9, 2) is a good receiver. He's also the son of Gene Peek and a lifelong Gator who played at Jacksonville Bolles and chose Georgia Tech over South Carolina before transferring to Alabama after two years.

Another factor in the passing game is that Bama does a great job throwing to the running backs to discourage teams from blitzing and exploit them when they do. The Three runners have combined for 54 receptions for over 400 yards and four TD.

The offensive line is typical Alabama – big and physical. LG Mike Johnson is the best guy and they usually go behind him in short yardage situations. Auburn overloaded on him and stuffed some plays last week and it will be interesting to see if Florida does the same and if Alabama adjusts its play calling in those situations. They are excellent drive blockers, but have also protected McElroy well allowing just 14 sacks.

This is not the most talented offense Florida has faced, but it is the most difficult one to match up with. Alabama has the personnel to establish a power running game more so than anyone Florida has seen this year. The closest team would be Tennessee and you remember some of the success they had. The Gators' job was made more difficult with the suspension of Carlos Dunlap.

Coming up tomorrow, we'll take a look at Bama's superb defense.

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