VIDEO: Florida Gators Head To SEC Championship Game As 22-Point Underdogs To Alabama
By Chris Harry, Florida Gators.com // November 30, 2016
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ABOVE VIDEO: The 2015 SEC Championship game. Behind 189 rushing yards from Heisman Trophy winner Derek Henry, the Tide rolled 29-15 over the Gators.
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — Austin Appleby, as he does, had just provided a very thoughtful and quotable answer to one of the nine questions put to him during a teleconference with national media Monday to preview Florida’s date this weekend in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.
The moderator’s voice spoke next.
“Any more questions for Florida quarterback Austin Appleby?”
Yes, Austin, any last requests?
OK, so that didn’t really happen. But given the David vs. Goliath circumstances of the league’s silver anniversary title game — the No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0) are a whopping 22-point favorite over the 15th-ranked Gators (8-3) heading into Saturday’s game at the Georgia Dome — you almost expected it.
And that’s OK with Coach Jim McElwain and the Gators, who despite their glaring offensive flaws will head off to the conference’s marquee event for a second straight year and refuse to feel badly about it.
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ABOVE VIDEO: Gators coach Jim McElwain’s Monday Presser