SEC second-half preview

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

While the stage is set for an Alabama-Florida rematch in the SEC championship game, the road to Atlanta won’t be smooth sailing for either team.

The Gators still have to prove they’re more than just the Tim Tebow Show on offense, and the Crimson Tide have to prove that that they’re the offensive team we saw in the first five weeks of the season and not the one we’ve seen the last two weeks.

In other words, neither team is perfect, but it would still be a huge upset at this point if they don’t meet again in Atlanta for the SEC championship.

It was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown a year ago and a classic football game. Why not do it again?

Based on the way everything looks right now near the top of the BCS standings, there appears to be little chance that Alabama and Florida could meet in the SEC championship game and then turn around and play again for the national championship. So for the second straight year, a potential meeting in Atlanta would essentially be a play-in game for the right to play for the national title.

Here’s another thought: Could it be that Tebow and Mark Ingram will also be dueling in the SEC championship game for the Heisman Trophy? They’re holding down the top two spots this week in the Heisman poll.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though.

LSU, coming off an open date, still controls its own destiny in the Western Division. The Tigers have to prove they have a pulse on offense before they're deemed a real threat. They’re 91st nationally in scoring offense and 112th in total offense.

Where are all those offensive weapons we heard about in the preseason?

Ole Miss has been the biggest disappointment in the SEC to this point, but Georgia could challenge the Rebels for that dubious distinction in the second half of the season. This is a critical final five games for the direction of the Georgia program starting with the annual Florida showdown on Oct. 31. The Bulldogs are off this week.

Are there any shockers looming in the mold of Ole Miss’ win at Florida last season or Arkansas’ win at LSU two years ago?

Stay tuned because it never seems to go quite as planned in the SEC, which is the beauty of this league.