Commentary

SEC history on Florida's side

Originally Published: October 29, 2009
By ESPN Stats & Information | Special to ESPN.com
1. Florida and Alabama have been criticized recently for not winning in impressive fashion, but if the Gators beat Vanderbilt on Saturday, they will join the Crimson Tide in accomplishing something this season that had only been done once in the previous 10 years: beating SEC competition in five consecutive weeks.

That means winning five straight conference games without a nonconference opponent or a bye week mixed in. From 1999-2008, SEC teams had 41 opportunities to do this, and only Alabama in 2002 was able to successfully navigate that schedule without a loss. Included in that number are nine teams that went on to play in the SEC championship game (four became conference champs). Two of the four SEC champions that failed to do it were 2006 Florida and 2002 Georgia; each took its only loss of the season in the fifth game of that stretch.

2. The home team has won just six of the past 28 games (6-21-1) in the LSU-Alabama series, and with a victory in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, the Tigers would become the first Bama opponent to win five straight times at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which has been around since 1929. The Crimson Tide haven't won at home against LSU since 1999, which was also the last year Alabama won the SEC title.

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