Quick hits: No. 2 Alabama squashes No. 18 Florida Gators 29-15 in SEC Championship

No. 18 Florida Gators (10-3) football saw its offense fall to greater depths on Saturday as the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) pulled away late with a 29-15 victory to win the 2015 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Though UF once again avoided its first shutout since 1988, that was about the only positive to take away from the affair as the Gators offense continued to struggle and their defense simply got worn down after being on the field for three-quarters of the game.

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SEC Championship Gameday – No. 18 Florida Gators vs. No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide: What to know, how to watch on TV, stream live online

No. 18 Florida Gators football returns to the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2009 when it takes on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide for a shot at the crown.

Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Alabama.

Viewing information

Event: 2015 SEC Championship Game
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia [Capacity: 71,250]
Weather: n/a

Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson)

Streaming Video: CBS Sports | Mobile Video: CBS Sports app (iOS) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 93/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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Florida Gators practice update: Demarcus Robinson back, team calm, QB notes, injuries

No. 18 Florida Gators football is in the process of preparing for its first Southeastern Conference Championship Game appearance since 2009 when it meets the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media early in the week to provide some updates on his team as it prepares for its toughest test of the season.

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Florida deserves underdog status, but Gators certainly belong in the SEC Championship

To appreciate where the Florida Gators will stand Saturday – on the field of the Georgia Dome preparing to square off against the best team in the Southeastern Conference (if not college football) in the league’s title game – one has to remember how Florida started the season.

The Gators did not have a starting quarterback, nor did it look like they had the offensive talent to truly compete against top-tier opponents. Hell, the team didn’t even have a kicker. Except head coach Jim McElwain developed a star signal caller in a matter of weeks, turned a three-star freshman into the team’s best pass-catcher, injected life into a dormant tight end position, turned a walk-on kicker into a scholarship performer and somehow made a Frankenstein offensive line work – at least most weeks.

Florida did not sneak into Saturday’s SEC Championship via tiebreaker; it worked and earned this spot by sweeping the SEC East and routing Ole Miss 38-10 to go 6-1 in league play.

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Steve Spurrier: Austin Hardin’s kick vs. Vanderbilt bigger than mine for Florida in 1966

Steve Spurrier‘s Heisman Trophy honor in 1966 was attributed to his stellar play as quarterback and punter for the Florida Gators, but many believe it was a clutch field goal he kicked to beat Auburn late in the season that put him over the top and made him the easy choice for the award.

During an interview with long-time Florida scribe Buddy Martin this week, Spurrier said that kick – one of the most important moments in school history – was nothing compared to the one Gators redshirt sophomore Austin Hardin made last Saturday.

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Snell’s Slant: Yes, the Gators are on a title run

By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist

Why Jim McElwain is making a difference. Welcome to Atlanta, indeed. Wow. After six long years, the Florida Gators have finally punched their ticket back to the SEC Championship Game. As someone really close to the football team, I can honestly say that there is a belief throughout the entire program that not only can this program win the conference title, but a College Football Playoff berth is a legit possibility.

Moments like this should be cherished. This is as exciting as Gators football has been in a long, long time. And why shouldn’t it be? Fifteen years ago, I played in my first and only SEC Championship Game as a freshman with the thought that there would be many more after that. Unfortunate circumstances, coaching changes and bad luck proved otherwise. I don’t know what the future will bring for this team moving forward. No one can predict what will happen in the years to come.

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Media: Florida Gators to finish fifth in SEC East; three named 2015 Preseason All-SEC


The Southeastern Conference released its annual media poll on Thursday at the 2015 SEC Media Days, and the masses predicted that the Florida Gators will finish fifth in their division next season.

Florida, which actually received one vote as the 2015 SEC champion, finished behind Georgia (166), Tennessee (36), Missouri (20) and South Carolina (1), only ahead of Kentucky (1) and Vanderbilt in the SEC East.

On Friday, the Gators had three players named to the media’s 2015 Preseason All-SEC team. Junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (the No. 2 vote-getter behind Georgia running back Nick Chubb) earned first team honors, while senior defensive end Jonathan Bullard was placed on the second team and senior linebacker Antonio Morrison on the third team.

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Florida Gators baseball falls to Virginia 5-4, gets eliminated from 2015 College World Series

By Andrew Olson – OnlyGators.com baseball writer

No. 4 Florida Gators (52-18) baseball saw its season come to an end on Saturday, one game shy of advancing to the 2015 College World Series Championship Series as the Virginia Cavaliers edged UF 5-4 in a drama-filled game with multiple ties and lead changes.

Virginia jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Florida sophomore first baseman Peter Alonso (1/3, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB) answered with a 429-foot two-run homer in the second inning, breaking his own record for the longest home run hit in the history of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Cavs tied the game at two in the fourth inning, but junior left fielder Harrison Bader (4/5, HR, RBI, R) put the Gators up 3-2 with a solo shot in the top of the fifth, as UF was marked as the visitor on Saturday. It was the last time Florida would hold a lead this season as Virginia fought back to go up 4-3 in the bottom frame and broke a 4-4 tie with multiple hits in the seventh.

The loss is a difficult one for the Gators, which have advanced to the CWS four times in the last six seasons but never come back to Gainesville with a national title.

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