With wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina, Alabama and Florida marked back-to-back 10-win seasona this weekend as they take one step closer to another epic showdown in the SEC Championship Game December 5.
It is the first time Alabama's Nick Saban has accomplished this feat, but the 17th time the Crimson Tide have gone 10-0 in a season. The last time they notched back to back 10 win seasons was the 1991-1992 campaigns under beloved former coach Gene Stallings.
For the Gators and Urban Meyer, 10 win seasons have become a thing of the present, though Florida has notched several in it's ballyhood existence though Meyer has accomplished this feat twice and two different schools (Utah in 2003, 2004 and Florida 2008, 2009).
The SEC Championship Game will be the seventh time these two schools have faced one another for the crown and the fourth occurrence where the winner will gain a shot at a national championship via the bowl game award.
It should come as little surprise to the informed SEC football fan that this probably won't be the last time you watch Florida and Alabama play for it all at the end of the year.
Both teams are loaded with talent. Both feature coaches known as ardent recruiters and master tacticians on his side of the ball (Saban – defense, Meyer – offense). Both programs have above average facilities, fervent support from the fan base, and a boatload of momentum to boot.
Each team has a traditional late season tune up game and an in-state rivalry game to wade through before locking up for the SEC crown, but none of the obstacles in the way pose any serious threat.
The SEC is littered with "name" coaches and star players (check any NFL roster for the multiple SEC ties), but the dynasties building at Alabama and Florida are not the kind of things that are here today and gone tomorrow. The infrastructure of both programs is set up in such a way to allow both teams to dominate respective sides of the conference for the next decade.
Alabama and Florida may not meet every single year for the championship, but the conversation must start with both programs when the topic is discussed in the coming years.