For the first time since 2012, Georgia and Alabama will face each other with the SEC championship awaiting the winner.
Of greater significance is that the teams met in January with the national championship awaiting the winner. The champion, of course, was Alabama, taking a 26-23 overtime victory with a second-and-26 touchdown pass.
On Saturday, Georgia will face a historically good Alabama team at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as it attempts to win its second consecutive SEC title and stake its claim to a second consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff.
The No. 4 Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) probably need to win to qualify for the playoff, but the No. 1 Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0) have been dominant enough this season that they probably will qualify even with a loss Saturday. Georgia fans shouldn’t expect to lessen the Tide’s intensity.
Here is some important information regarding how to follow the action Saturday:
Before the game: “Bulldogs Game Day” airs from 10-11 a.m. on WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News. Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein hosts the show each Saturday.
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Television: CBS will televise the game. Brad Nessler is handling play-by-play. Gary Danielson is the analyst and Jamie Erdahl is the sideline reporter.
Local radio: The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network, heard in metro Atlanta on WSB radio (750 AM/95.5 FM). Scott Howard is handling play-by-play. Eric Zeier is the analyst and Chuck Dowdle is the sideline reporter.
National radio: Westwood One will broadcast the game. Ryan Radtke is handling play-by-play. Derek Rackley is the analyst and Ross Tucker is the sideline reporter.
SEC radio: Dave Neal is handling play-by-play. Dave Archer is the analyst and Stephen Hartzell is the sideline reporter.
Satellite radio: You can listen on SiriusXM Radio Channel 146/90.
Here are five other things you may want to know:
» Georgia previously faced a team ranked No. 1 in the country in the 2011 SEC Championship game, which LSU won 42-10 at the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs are 1-4 all-time against teams ranked No. 1. The one victory came in the 1985 regular season against Florida.
» Alabama has won each of its 12 games this season by at least 20 points. The last NCAA team to win its first 12 of a season by that many points was Yale in 1888. Yes, that’s 130 years of football since anyone had accomplished that feat.
» Alabama has won 26 SEC titles and Georgia 13. The Crimson Tide are 7-4 in SEC Championship game appearances, and the Bulldogs are 3-3.
» Georgia’s most recent victory against Alabama took place in Tuscaloosa in 2007, when Matthew Stafford led the Bulldogs to a 26-23 victory in overtime.
» Georgia has lost four consecutive times to Alabama. The Crimson Tide won 26-23 in last season’s national-championship game (also in overtime), 38-10 in the 2015 regular season, 32-28 in the 2012 SEC Championship game and 41-30 in the 2008 regular season. All four of the victories occurred in Georgia, the two championship games in Atlanta, and the two regular-season games in Athens.
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