SEC Football Recap: Week 14

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In case you missed any of the games, Todd Talley recaps the SEC Championship Game and releases his final regular season SEC Power Poll.

Game of the Week: Alabama 54, Florida 16

Player of the Week: Reuben Foster, Alabama

Alabama routed Florida 54-16 to clinch its third consecutive SEC championship (26th overall) and 25th straight win. The Crimson Tide earned the #1 seed in the College Football Playoff and will face Washington in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. Florida scored on the first possession of the game ending Alabama’s streak of four consecutive games without allowing a touchdown. However, Alabama intercepted three Austin Appleby passes (including one for a touchdown) and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to give the Tide 33-16 lead at halftime. Florida got the ball to Alabama’s two yard line in the third quarter and had a chance to cut the lead to 10. However, the Tide stuffed the Gators on four straight plays and then went 98 yards on eight plays to take a 40-16 lead. The Gators never threatened again. Alabama senior linebacker Reuben Foster was named MVP, registering 11 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss. In describing Foster’s performance, teammate Tim Williams said: “I saw Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis,” Reuben was a man possessed, man. I mean he inspired me. When I looked back there, I just know I just gotta go just to keep up on his level, man.”

SEC Power Poll

  1. Alabama (13-0) – Peach Bowl v. Washington, Dec. 31
  2. Auburn (8-4) – Sugar Bowl v. Oklahoma, Jan. 2
  3. LSU (7-4) – Citrus Bowl v. Louisville, Dec. 31
  4. Florida (8-4) – Outback Bowl v. Iowa, Jan. 2
  5. Texas A&M (8-4) – Texas Bowl v. Kansas State, Dec. 28
  6. Tennessee (8-4) – Music City Bowl v. Nebraska, Dec. 30
  7. Arkansas (7-5) – Belk Bowl v. Virginia Tech, Dec. 29
  8. Kentucky (7-5) – Gator Bowl v. Georgia Tech, Dec. 31
  9. Georgia (7-5) – Liberty Bowl v. TCU, Dec. 30
  10. Vanderbilt (6-6) – Independence Bowl v. NC State, Dec. 26
  11. South Carolina (6-6) – Birmingham Bowl v. South Florida, Dec. 29
  12. Mississippi State (5-7) – St. Petersburg Bowl v. Miami (Ohio), Dec. 26
  13. Ole Miss (5-7) – SEASON COMPLETE
  14. Missouri (4-8) – SEASON COMPLETE
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