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Gators Breakdown: No moral victories for Florida as they look towards Tennessee
Gator Nation is still abuzz after Florida’s 31-29 loss to top-ranked Alabama. While there are a lot of positives Florida can take away from a close loss to Alabama last Saturday, Dan Mullen says, “We’ve got to win the game. We didn’t win the game. That’s the bottom line. There’s no moral victory.”
Massive crowds pack the streets of Tuscaloosa after Alabama victory despite COVID-19 warnings
Huge crowds were seen packing the streets of Tuscaloosa, Alabama after the Crimson Tide football team defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 in the national college championship Monday night. The fans, many without face coverings, celebrating in close proximity despite COVID-19 warnings. Massive crowds pack streets in Tuscaloosa to celebrate Alabama Crimson Tide football team's college title win, despite local COVID-19 rules https://t.co/dZKAfACt8J pic.twitter.com/sgqNd4M7oN — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 12, 2021There is a significant police presence, but they are allowing the celebration on the Strip. "The first took place in Washington, D.C. during the January 6 insurrection and the second took place last night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in celebration of a football victory. 😷 — Donna Foreman (@DKF_RTR) January 12, 2021Here's what it looked like last night at the big super-spreader event in Tuscaloosa.cbsnews.com
Mac Jones, Alabama crush Ohio State for national championship
1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night. Ohio State (7-1) just couldn’t keep up. Ohio State has never allowed more points in a bowl game. Using an array of motions and misdirections, outgoing offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had Ohio State heads spinning trying to track down Smith.
Mac Jones wins Davey O’Brien award at College Football Awards
Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith of Alabama is winner of the Maxwell Award as the college football player of the year. Four other Alabama players won awards during the College Football Awards Show. Four other Alabama players received awards during the College Football Awards Show. _ Offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood became the sixth Alabama player to win the Outland Trophy as the outstanding interior lineman. ___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Alabama WR DeVonta Smith wins Heisman Trophy
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Alabama quarterback Mac Jones didn’t win the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday night, but he had a big hand in helping the player who did. Jones’ teammate, receiver DeVonta Smith, earned the annual award, given to college football’s top player. Tebow was a three-time Heisman finalist. Those passing totals rank second in college football, trailing only Florida’s Kyle Trask (4,283 yards, 43 TDs), a fellow Heisman finalist. Another Alabama alum, running back Derrick Henry, is the only other area player to earn a Heisman finalist spot.
Texas fires Herman after 4 seasons, hires Tide OC Sarkisian
(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas – Texas was tired of waiting for Tom Herman to deliver a Big 12 title and turn the Longhorns back into national championship contenders. Texas fired Herman on Saturday after four winning seasons, then hours later announced it was giving the job to the Alabama offensive coordinator. He will be Texas’ fourth head coach since the program’s last Big 12 championship in 2009. Of note, Sarkisian was a USC assistant when Texas beat the Trojans for the national championship in the epic 2006 Rose Bowl. Texas fired Herman just three weeks after athletic director Chris Del Conte said he would remain the coach.
Former Bolles Star Mac Jones named Heisman finalist
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith along with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Jones, a former Bolles star and Jacksonville native, and Smith are the eighth set of teammates to be finalists together since the tradition started in 1982. Jones leads the nation in efficiency rating (202.34), completion percentage (76.5) and yards per pass (11.4), with 32 touchdown passes. Jones or Smith would become Alabama’s third Heisman winner, but first that is not a running back. Iowa State running back Breece Hall was sixth, followed by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
Gators Breakdown: Florida is close, but still a ways to go | Gators vs Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl
Florida Gators wide receiver Kadarius Toney (1) pushes off Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back DeMarcco Hellams (29) during a return in the fourth quarter of the 2020 SEC Football Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 19, 2020. [Matt Pendleton/Special to the Sun]2020 showed just how close Florida and Dan Mullen are to winning a SEC Championship, but at the same time, it showed just how far Florida has to go as well. David Waters is joined by Will Miles (Read and Reaction) to discuss just how far the Gators are. Also, the two share their first thoughts on the Cotton Bowl matchup vs Oklahoma. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Gators Breakdown: Game Reaction | Alabama 52 Florida 46
Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11) is consoled after the Gator loss by Florida Gators quarterback Emory Jones (5) at the 2020 SEC Football Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 19, 2020. [Matt Pendleton/Special to the Sun]It was a valiant effort against the number one team in the country, but the Gators fall to the Crimson Tide 52-46 in the SEC Championship. David Waters is joined by Nick de la Torre (Gators Territory) and Graham Hall (Gainesville Sun) to look back at the Gators effort and just how close they were in upsetting Alabama. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Alabama edges Florida in SEC championship game
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators rushes in for a touchdown in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Top-ranked Alabama was too much for Florida. 1 Crimson Tide won the SEC championship on Saturday night, holding on to edge No. The last time the teams met in the SEC championship, the Crimson Tide rolled 54-16 in 2016. Najee Harris had five total touchdowns for Alabama (three receiving, two rushing) and Bolles product Mac Jones threw five touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide.
Halftime: Gators Trail Alabama 35-17
It didn’t take the Gators long to respond on their first drive Kyle Trask found Kadarius Toney for A 51-yard touchdown to knot the game at 7. The Gators defense didn’t have an answer for the Crimson tide Offense. Former Bolles Star Mac Jones picked apart the gators defense in the first half throwing for over 250 yards and 4 touchdowns. Trask Helped the Gators engineer a Touchdown drive just before halftime keeping the game close. Gators Trail Alabama 35 to 17
Gators Breakdown: 2020 Alabama, SEC Championship Game Preview
Florida and Alabama have met more times in the SEC Championship than any other programs and the tenth time certainly has some high stakes for Florida. After the latest CFP rankings revealed Florida at no.7, there’s been a renewed possibility of a playoff berth with a win over Alabama. David Waters is joined by Kevin Hagan as the two discuss what Alabama brings to the table in Atlanta. David also breaks down the game from his view. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Gators Breakdown: Despite devastating loss to LSU, Florida still playing for pride, SEC Championship
Gator Nation is still in shock a few days after LSU’s upset of Florida, but the realization of the SEC Championship Game to be played is still there. David Waters is joined by Will Miles (Read and Reaction) as they discuss the fallout of the loss to LSU and the need to try and move on as Alabama looms. Get Gators Breakdown merchandise at https://www.ebay.com/str/gatorsbreakdownLISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announces he tested positive for COVID-19
Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne also announced a positive COVID-19 test. Saban says he "immediately left work and isolated at home" after being informed of his positive test Wednesday afternoon. Saban informed the team of his positive test on a Zoom call Wednesday afternoon. Originally slated to kickoff September 3, the first SEC games were instead played September 26.cbsnews.com
Clemson No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25; Florida 8th
Clemson snaps a record-tying string of three straight years in which Alabama was preseason No. Last season's championship made Clemson just the 12th school with at least three AP titles since the poll started in 1936. Beginning with 2015, when Alabama and Clemson occupied the top two spots in the last four AP polls of the season, the Tide and Tigers have been Nos. In 2014, '15, and '16, the Utes finished the season ranked after starting unranked. 22 Syracuse is in the preseason Top 25 for the first time since 1998 when the Orange were No.