Category Archives: SEC Championship Game

High quality video of SEC Championship

You probably know I’ve tried my hand at posting video on this blog, but the quality level is debatable. So I will leave it to the professionals this time.

Check out this video produced by UA.

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Video: Post-SEC Championship celebration

Here are a few videos I captured on the field after the win. The first was immediately following the game. There were plenty of hugs and smiles. But at the end, Tim Tebow runs by with tears in his eyes.

SEC Championship photo gallery

Check out the pictures I captured before, during and after Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. The best ones came after the game on the field. Enjoy.

SEC Championship Game

Did you hear?

Alabama won.

I’ve been a little tied up writing a few hundred things for the print edition, but thought I should pass along the news in case you were depending on the Bama Blog for the final score.

Alabama 32, Florida 13

Next stop: The Rose Bowl and a meeting with Texas in the BCS title game.

I’m beat. Read more Sunday

No more blogging

This is it for pregame and during game. The SEC blog police are watching.

So enjoy the game. It’s on CBS.

Welcome to the Georgia Dome (take 2)

For the second time this season, the Bama Blog is coming to you live from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. This time, it’s for the SEC Championship (a.k.a. the biggest game ever played in the history of humanity).

The gates are about to open to the shivering masses outside the chilly dome. The press box is filling up with all the big names in attendance.

Stay tuned for updates as they come available.

Lane Kiffin on ESPN’s Gameday

Wow. That’s bold. Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin is the special guest on ESPN’s popular Gameday television show. The boos are coming from those in crimson and in blue.

I wonder if the SEC knew that was coming? I can’t wait to see his final pick for today’s game.

Stay tuned for that.

UPDATE: Kiffin went with the Tide, and Corso threw on his Big Al mascot head.

Tim Tebow the receiver?

Well, not really. The Gator quarterback did some moonlighting as a pass catcher, however, in Friday’s practice inside the Georgia Dome heading into Saturday’s SEC Championship.

Tim Tebow appeared to enjoy his time squaring off with an assistant coach playing the role many assume he would play in the NFL. Check out the two videos captured on my handy point and shoot camera. More to come later.

Happy SEC Christmas eve

After taking a day away from the blog, I think today will be a busy one. I’m getting ready to hit the road for Atlanta where I’ll be bringing you all the day’s action as we prepare for the big game at 3 p.m. Saturday.

So stick with the Bama Blog for all the SEC Championship Game coverage you can handle.

News and notes on SEC championship week

It’s a soggy late Wednesday morning in Tuscaloosa. Here’s what’s making news:

  • I wrote about ticket scalpers today. So did the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here’s what they had to say.
  • Guess what? SEC coaches think Tim Tebow is good. Read more here and here.
  • Tony Barnhart of CBSsports.com offered this quality retrospective of the Saban era to this point.
  • Check out this interesting look at the SEC Championship’s marquee linebackers, Rolando McClain and Brandon Spikes.
  • Javier Arenas’ hometown paper, The Tampa Tribune, wrote about his quest for NCAA punt return records. Click this to read all about it.
  • Last season’s fourth quarter belly flop taken by Alabama is the subject of much discussion this week. Read this for some of that.

Dunlap officially out for SEC title game

The following just came from the Associated Press:

Dunlap out for SEC title game after DUI charge
MARK LONG,AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Top-ranked Florida will be without one of its best pass rushers against No. 2 Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap was arrested early Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence, just days before the biggest game of the season.

Dunlap, the defensive MVP of the Bowl Championship Series national title game in January, has started every game this season for the defending champs. He has 35 tackles and is tied for the team lead with seven sacks.

Report: Dunlap’s father not hopeful son will play

The Orlando Sentinel tracked down the father of Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap and found the pass rushing junior isn’t a good bet to play Saturday after his DUI arrest.

Check out the online story here.

I really can’t wait to hear more about this situation. It is just so shocking when a player of that caliber makes such a bizarrely poor decision.

Florida starter charged with DUI

And so it begins…

I am just learning more about the early-morning arrest of Florida’s starting defensive end Carlos Dunlap, so read more about the story in the Gainesville Sun.

Initial reaction: Wow.

Just days away from the SEC Championship and he’s asleep at the wheel after 3 a.m. This will be an interesting day. Stay tuned for more.

Welcome to SEC championship week

The madness is definitely upon us. The extra reporters attending today’s news conference showed how this week takes on a different level of importance. Here are some of the highlights you can expect to read more about in the coming days:

  • Mark Ingram is fine and Nick Saban said he should practice this afternoon. He doesn’t expect him to take any contact while recovering from the hip pointer suffered late in the Auburn game.
  • It turns out Cory Reamer had a hamstring issue last week that limited some of his practice time and playing time against Auburn. Ali Sharrief saw more action because of the previously unreported injury to Reamer.
  • Rolando McClain was named SEC defensive player of the week for his 12-tackle game at Auburn.
  • On the topic of Alabama’s lack of emotion to start the Iron Bowl, quarterback Greg McElroy called it “embarrassing.”

Bama back at No. 2 in BCS

Not that it makes any difference at this point, but Alabama jumped back over Texas to take the second spot in the most-recent BCS standings released this afternoon. Of course, the standings are academic since the winner of the Florida/Alabama SEC title game assures itself a spot in the national championship game.

The only way it will matter is if Texas loses in the Big 12 championship and the possibility of a Tide/Gator rematch in the BCS game comes up. Anyway, here is the top five:

Harris USA Today Computer BCS
Rk Pts Pct Rk Pts Pct Rk Pct Avg Pv
1. Florida 1 2801 0.9828 1 1460 0.9898 1 0.980 0.9842 1
2. Alabama 3 2688 0.9432 3 1389 0.9417 2 0.970 0.9516 3
3. Texas 2 2712 0.9516 2 1399 0.9485 5 0.870 0.9234 2
4. TCU 4 2424 0.8505 4 1262 0.8556 4 0.880 0.8620 6
5. Cincinnati 5 2377 0.8340 5 1224 0.8298 3 0.910 0.8580 5