The Alabama No.1’s average winning margin has been 32.7 points this season, en route to a 10-0 in that conference-only record.
As Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide prepares for Saturday’s SEC Championship game against Florida’s No.7, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has been asked to comment on whether the title game will be close.
His reaction, of course, was the classic Stephen A. Smith.
“What?” he asked, laughing. “It’s a wrap. It’s a funny question. I mean please. Since you haven’t heard from me in a while: Ala-bama. There is nothing to say here. I mean please. Haven’t the Florida Gators suffered two losses on their resume this year? Didn’t they lose to Texas A&M? Didn’t they lose to LSU last week in a “thriller”? But when LSU faced Alabama, they lost 55 to LSU. Or when they faced Texas A&M, wasn’t that 52-24? Florida lost to the two, but will they give Mac Jones, Najee Harris and DeVonta Smith and the crew trouble? Please.”
In his third year at Florida, coach Dan Mullen led the Gators to the SEC title game for the first time since 2016 behind dynamic pass Kyle Trask, who threw 40 touchdowns in the cropped season – 10 more than anyone in the country.
Trask is second in the country in passing yards per game (360.3), one spot ahead of Jones at 345.9. Jones’ 27 touchdown passes rank third nationally. Jones is the nation’s No. 2 passer and Trask is fourth.
None of this matters to Smith.
“All day, everyday, especially as it relates to the SEC this weekend in Alabama. It won’t even be close. My condolences to the Florida Gators. I love (Kyle) Trask. They have good players, but there is no Tim Tebow in this locker room talking about “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go”. It will never happen again. You are not going to play like garbage, apologize and defend yourself. There’s no one like that in that Florida locker room.
“Roll the tide. It’s a frolic. You can book it. I’m forecasting the score right now. It’s going to be like – and I know coaches are going to use it to motivate his team, it won’t work by the way – Alabama 52, FL 26.
“I predict a frolic.”
Good, you have it now.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @Mark_Heim.