Alabama (11-1, 7-1) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. ET
Georgia Dome (72,000) • Atlanta, Ga.
Series Record: Alabama leads 36-25-4
THE TEAMS: Alabama is the Western Division Champion and the visiting team. Georgia is the Eastern Division Champion and the home team.
NATIONAL RANKINGS:Alabama and Georgia come into the game as the second and third ranked teams, respectively, in the Associated Press, Harris Interactive and USA Today polls.
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The game, which started in 1992, is in its 21st year. It was a result of conference expansion, which saw Arkansas and South Carolina become the first members added in SEC history. Almost 1.5 million fans have witnessed the pageantry of the game first-hand, with 17 sellouts in its history. The first two games were played at Legion Field in Birmingham and the game has been played at the Georgia Dome since (1994).
SEC CHAMPIONS: Georgia will be vying for its 13th SEC championship and first since 2005. Alabama is attempting to win its 23rd SEC title and first since 2009. Georgia’s Mark Richt has won two SEC championships (2002; 2005) while Nick Saban has won three SEC titles, two at LSU (2001-03) and one at Alabama (2009).
FULL HOUSE: The previous 20 SEC football championship Games have a total accumulated attendance of 1,491,391. The 18 games in the Georgia Dome have attracted 1,336,955 fans. The 74,275 average is 103.2 percent of capacity in the 72,000-seat stadium. 17 of the 20 games have been sold out, including the last 12 contests.
SERIES: The teams last met in 2008 in Athens, with Alabama winning, 41-30. The Bulldogs won the last meeting in Tuscaloosa in 2007, 26-23, in overtime. The last time a meeting of the two was not on campus was in 1984, when Georgia took a 24-14 decision in Birmingham. 22 of the 65 meetings have been decided by 7 points or less.
IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: This marks Alabama’s eighth appearance and Georgia’s fifth. It’s the first time the two teams have played in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs are 2-2 while the Tide are 3-4 in the game.
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