In college football, there isn't a championship tournament. No win-or-go-home games where the winner advances to the next round. What college football does have are games throughout the season with championship implications. Even early in the season, one loss can doom a team's championship hopes. Each week, the Top 25 rankings are spotted with teams that have fallen from the ranks of the championship contenders.
This weekend, Florida and Alabama will meet in one of these games. It is the most important game of the year. Not only will this pair of undefeated teams be competing for the Southeastern Conference Championship, but the winner will earn a spot in college football's national championship game.
Florida: The 12-0 Gators enter the game as the top-ranked team in the country and the champions of the SEC East. They are led by quarterback, Tim Tebow, who has passed for 17 touchdowns this season and ran for 13 more! Tebow, a senior, is one of the most famous players in the nation and is projected to be a star in the NFL when his college career is over. Florida is the defending national champion, and also won the title in 2006. The Gators won the SEC title in 2006 and 2008 and have won seven overall, the most of any team in the conference.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide, also 12-0, is ranked No. 2 in the nation just behind Florida. Alabama is the champion of the SEC West division, and is playing for its third conference title. Alabama has a long tradition of excellence, having won 12 national championships between 1925 and 1992. This year, the Tide is led by sophomore running back, Mark Ingram, who has rushed for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns this year.
Atmosphere: Games like this are what makes college football great. It's the two best teams in the country going head to head for an SEC Championship and a shot at the national title. The game will be played in the Georgia Dome, which will be filled with more than 70,000 screaming fans. The players and coaches have worked hard since last August, all with the goal of playing in this game. Just by reaching this point, both teams have achieved something great. Unfortunately, only one team can come away with an SEC Championship. Will it be Florida or Alabama?
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