Week 11: SEC race

Avery Dugan, Staff Writer

As the Southeastern Conference football teams go into week 11 of their 14-week season, the top runners of the conference are Alabama and Florida. Both teams have looked solid up to this point in the season.

The Florida Gators are 6-2 overall and 4-2 in conference. They suffered a loss Saturday, November 5 to the Arkansas Razorbacks by a score of 31-10; this was a bad loss for the Gators. This loss took them out of National tournament contention. Although they will not compete for a national championship, they still have a chance to compete for a SEC title. The Gators have two more opponents in the SEC, the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-4) and the LSU Tigers (5-3). According to ESPN Power Index, the Gators have a 85.4% chance of winning the game against South Carolina. The LSU Tiger team is very good and will be a tough test for the Gators. ESPN gives the Gators a 21.5% chance of beating them. If the Gators are to lose either of these games, they will be knocked out of the SEC championship game. With two games left, we will see if the Gators can win and go on, or if they will lose and not play in a conference championship game.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 9-0 overall and 6-0 in conference; nobody has yet to give Alabama a good game, and it should be that way the rest of the year as they should go undefeated. They will play Mississippi State and have a 95.2% chance of winning. This should be a blowout game as Mississippi State just doesn’t have the talent to compete against a team of this caliber. They will also play Auburn; Alabama has a 78.7% chance of winning this game. That should be enough for the Crimson Tide. They would have to lose both of these games to miss out on the SEC title game.

The Alabama vs. Florida rematch from 2015 will be the game everyone will want to see; the Crimson Tide beat the Gators last year. Will the story be the same this year or will the Gators rewrite the story?