Well, the long-awaited SEC Championship Game is finally here. The best overall conference in America will put its two best teams out on the field and pound on each other for four hours Saturday night.
There will be lots of stories written all week about the various matchups and where each team has an advantage or disadvantage, but in the end it is going to come down to one simple thing: which quarterback plays the best!
Honestly folks, it’s really as simple as that. Why? Each team has real talent on both sides of the ball. Both have speed, size, quickness, depth, toughness and really anything else you can think of a football team having. After all, they each won their respective divisions in that monster conference. You CANNOT do that if you aren’t really good all over the field. But at the end of the day, it’s coming down to Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron. These guys are rated #1 and #2 in the country in passing efficiency and both have had great seasons and deserve to be where they are.
But one of them is going to be better than the other guy. One of them is going to step out on that gigantic stage and remember his lines and be proclaimed as one of the best to ever play at his university. The other is going to be painted with a very different brush. As the old saying goes, “Victory has a thousand fathers, defeat is always an orphan.” One of these young athletes is going to be proclaimed a winner, a star. The other is going to have to live with the loss. If it were me or my son, I would have a hard time dealing with all of it. After all, isn’t it just a football game? Hell no! It’s the SEC Championship Game!!! Come on, AJ! Come on, Aaron!
Former UCLA head coach and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Donahue is an NCAA Football analyst for Westwood One. John Tautges and Terry will have all the action from Atlanta on Saturday afternoon as Georgia and Alabama square off for the SEC Championship and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.