The stage is set, it’s fourth-ranked Georgia and No. 2 LSU in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Georgia comes in with a record of 11-1, LSU is a perfect 12-0. The feeling is that the Tigers have already wrapped up one of those four coveted spots in the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs head to “The Benz” for a third straight year with this 11-1 mark, chasing not only the SEC title but a playoff berth. The Bulldogs beat Auburn 28-7 in 2017 to make it to the CFP. Last season, Georgia fell to Alabama in the title game, missing out on back-to-back SEC crowns and a return to the gridiron version of the Final Four. The Bulldogs are now back in position to win and get in.
Following a turnover-plagued loss to South Carolina, the Bulldogs have won six straight games, punctuated by a 52-7 victory at Tech. Both the point total and margin of victory are the most ever by Georgia against Tech in the history of the series. It was Georgia’s tenth consecutive win in Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. This season, the Bulldogs defeated Tech, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee all for a third consecutive season.
The Bayou Bengals are rolling. LSU raced to a 31-0 halftime lead over Texas A&M and clobbered the Aggies 50-7. Quarterback Joe Burrow is having a record-setting season and is the Heisman Trophy front-runner. The signature moment for LSU: a memorable 46-41 victory at Alabama.
What a matchup, this Tigers offense and a Georgia defense that shut out three foes and held all 11 teams the Bulldogs beat to 17 or fewer points.
LSU is making its sixth appearance in the SEC Championship Game, and this will be the fourth time the Tigers and Bulldogs have played for the crown, second only to the nine matchups between Alabama and Florida. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs in the 2003 and 2011 SEC Championship Games, while Georgia defeated LSU in the 2005 SEC Championship Game.
The Bulldogs are in the title game for the eighth time, all since 2002, when Georgia defeated Arkansas 30-3 in the program’s first appearance.
Last season in Baton Rouge, the Tigers bested the Bulldogs 36-16.
LSU has won 11 SEC championships in its history, fourth-most all time. Georgia and Tennessee are tied for the second-most conference titles, with 13 each.
Odds are pretty good that one of these teams will be back in Atlanta playing in the national semifinal in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in three weeks in one of the playoff semifinals.