Atlanta Death Match 2009

Saturday will be the seventh time that Alabama and Florida play for the SEC Championship Game as Florida makes the case for best SEC program in the Divisional Era, just as Alabama was before 1992. Any other matchup, even a One vs. Two as this game is, would not have the historical weight that this matchup does. Alabama, The Team of The Last Century, is trying to stop Florida from being The Team of This Century (So Far). Alabama wants what they once had and Florida wants what Alabama got in the past. And you know there is some Alabama man who is thinking about Bama's 1926 win in the Rose Bowl (Alabama's first National Championship) and how it is fate for Bama to return to Pasadena.

As much as sports fans believe in fate or superstition, college kids are not impacted by any games your Daddy saw. Of course, there is one thing they are impacted by, 2008;

Alabama has been hungry for a rematch all season just so it could replay that fourth quarter. A de­fense that gave up two touch­downs in that one quarter has al­lowed only three fourth-quarter touchdowns in 12 games this sea­son...But that fourth-quarter failure has motivated the Tide this sea­son.

"The challenge is, great teams, great competitors are never satis­fied," Saban said. "They always want to accomplish more. . . . They're very committed to that standard of excellence. That's something this team is going to have an opportunity again to do something that last year's team didn't get done. I think the commitment to that standard of excellence and the passion that they have demon­strated throughout the year are all things that are going to be key ingredients for them to continue to have success."

But, Florida is ready to defend their crown.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Alligator Army

You must be a member of Alligator Army to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Alligator Army. You should read them.

Join Alligator Army

You must be a member of Alligator Army to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Alligator Army. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker