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No. 2 Alabama faces Florida as SEC's last hope for playoffs

The once-unstoppable Southeastern Conference is down to one national title contender.

Predictably, it's No. 2 Alabama. If No. 18 Florida pulls off the upset in Saturday's SEC championship game in the Georgia Dome, the league that trumpeted a seven-year national title stranglehold not so long ago won't even get an invitation to the competition.

The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC, No. 2 CFP) kept its playoff candidacy intact with 10 fourth-quarter points in Saturday's 29-13 win over rival Auburn.

The Gators (10-2, 7-1) already had an uphill battle before a 27-2 loss to Florida State. And then there was one.

Pressure is nothing new to Alabama, which has essentially...