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#2 LSU Heavily Favored Over #4 Georgia In The SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Matchup: The #4 Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) 
vs The LSU Tigers (12-0, 8-0 SEC) 

Date: Saturday, December 7, 4:00pm;     
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (73,000) Atlanta

TV: CBS: Play-by-Play - Brad Nessler;
Analyst - Gary Danielson, Sideline Reporter - Jamie Erdahl.

 RADIO: In Atlanta: 750am/95.5,fm: Scott Howard (play-by-play);
Eric Zeier
(analyst); Chuck Dowdle (sideline).
Westwood One: Ryan Radtke (play-by-play);
Derek Rackley
(analyst); Olivia Dekker (sideline).
SEC Radio Network: Dave Neal (play-by-play);
Dave Archer
(analyst); Stephen Hartzell (sideline)
Satellite: SiriusXM 138/191/962
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 Kirby Smart Press Conference
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Kirby Smart SEC Championship Game Friday Press Conference
At Mercedes-Benz Stadium
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LSU Tigers Head Coach Ed Orgeron Press Conference
Previewing the Georgia Bulldogs
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Ed Orgeron SEC Championship Game Friday Press Conference
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By Don Stone - Georgia Football Magazine and Football Atlanta

   The whole season leads up to this game. Georgia, the SEC East Champions vs LSU, the SEC West Champions.
   This is kind of like the Georgia-Georgia Tech game in reverse. In that one, no one gave the Yellow Jackets a remote chance of winning. And they were right. UGA won by 45 points, 52-7, the largest margin of defeat and most points scored by the Dawgs in this rivalry's history.
  In this game, all of the experts are hailing LSU giving the Bulldogs no shot. If you look at all of the college bowl projections, virtually every one has Georgia playing in the Sugar Bowl
with a few Orange Bowl mentions. For either to happen, the Dawgs would have had to lost to the Tigers.
  To give you an idea, here is a list of bowl predictions from an article in, Kyle Bonagura: Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia.
  Bleacher Report: Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia. Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia. Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia.
  USA Today: Orange Bowl; Virginia Tech vs. Georgia.
  Sports Illustrated: Orange Bowl; Virginia vs. Georgia.
  Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: Sugar Bowl; Baylor vs. Georgia.
  Athlon Sports: Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia.
  Brett McMurphy, Stadium. Projection: Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia.
  College Football News: Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia. Sugar Bowl; Baylor vs. Georgia. Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Georgia.
  So, UGA fans apparently should be making their hotel reservations in New Orleans. Interesting considering that the No. 2 ranked Tigers are favored by just 6.5 points over the No. 4 ranked Bulldogs Saturday.
  It will be the third straight appearance in the SEC Championship Game for Georgia against three different opponents.
  From the "something's gotta give category." Georgia leads the SEC and is second nationally in Scoring Defense, allowing just 10.4 points a game while LSU ranks first in the league and second nationally in Scoring Offense at 48.7 points per game. In Rushing Offense, Georgia is fifth in the SEC and the Tigers are sixth. The Bulldogs lead the SEC and are second nationally in Rushing Defense (71.0 ypg).
  For the Athens optimist, that's one of the reasons to be hopeful. Experience typically shows that a good defense will slow down a good offense.
   Its a tough road ahead for Georgia. If they confound virtually all of the experts and defeat LSU in the SEC Championship Game, they would move up, probably to a #3 ranking in the College Football Playoffs. Even with a loss, the Tigers, as a one loss SEC West Champion, would likely still be in at #4.
  Assuming that undefeated Ohio State and Clemson win their championship games today, that would keep them in the two top spots. The #1 team usually gets a say in where they want to begin the playoffs. The Buckeyes would likely choose the Fiesta Bowl pitting them against LSU. That would mean an incredible matchup right back here in Mercedes-Benz Stadium between #2 Clemson and #3 Georgia.
  If, UGA defeats those Tigers, they would move on to the national championship game against their former quarterback Justin Fields and Ohio State or a rematch with LSU.
  So, either way, for the Dawgs to be national champions, they have to beat LSU today, Clemson and either LSU again or Ohio State.
  If, as most predict, the Bulldogs fall today in the SEC Championship Game, they would be out of the playoffs and probably return to the Sugar Bowl for the second straight year. Louisiana State would probably move up to #1 and choose the Chick-fil-A Bowl for their matchup against probably Oklahoma. Ohio State and Clemson would then get it on at the Fiesta Bowl.
  As always, this game is a lot of fun. I personally enjoy watching the LSU fans and their band...always colorful...even if they are Saints fans as well.
  To add to the festivities,  College GameDay will be there live located at International Plaza outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium  from 9 a.m. - Noon. The SEC Nation set will be located at the Dr Pepper SEC FanFare inside the Georgia World Congress Center (Halls C1-C3) from 1-3 p.m. and on the field at MBS from 3-4 p.m. Kickoff is at 4:00pm. If you can't make it, see it on CBS.