Gators set to face Alabama for SEC title

by Gary Shelton on December 6, 2020

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Saturday, 4 a.m.

They were sluggish for a while, again, but the Florida Gators are on the brink of having a memorable season.

Florida dismissed Tennessee Saturday, 31-19, to wrap up the SEC East title, its first since 2016. It was a victory that left the Gators thinking about the SEC title, a trip to the College Football Playoffs (both possible if the team can upset Alabama in the title game) and the Heisman Trophy for quarterback Kyle Trask.

Trask had another strong day, throwing for 433 yards and four touchdowns. However, for the second straight week, the Gators were lethargic in the first half before running away in the second.

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Florida is currently ranked sixth in the nation, but that's within striking distance with a defeat of Alabama.

“The goal is to win the East because that’s what we can control at the beginning of the season," Mullen said. "If you go ask our guys we want more than that but that’s what we can control at the beginning of the season.

"I think our guys are really excited. Our guys are happy. This is what we work for. The goal is to win the East, now you go to our guys and they want to accomplish a lot more than that."

Mullen was short of pleased, however, with a running game that gained just 19 yards on 17 carries.

"I don't think there was a game this year where we left more points on the field than we did tonight. That was disappointing."

The Gators close out their regular season Saturday against LSU.

Miami 48, Duke 0: As a football team, they're pretty good. Unfortunately, that won't help this year in the ACC.

The 10th-ranked Hurricanes were eliminated from contention from the ACC title game Saturday despite a shelling of Duke. Even being a top 10 team, the Hurricanes are in a league with Clemson and Notre Dame, which has left their 8-1 record not good enough.

D'Eriq King threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Canes' walloping of Duke. The Blue Devils averaged just 1.7 yards per rushing attemptand had just 121 yards passing. The Hurricanes forced five turnovers.

Miami faces North Carolina next Saturday at home.

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