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SEC Championship Game
Conference Football Championship
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SEC Logo
Sport Football
Conference Southeastern Conference
Current stadium Georgia Dome
Current location Atlanta, Georgia
Played 1992-present
Last contest 2009 SEC Championship Game
Current champion Alabama Crimson Tide
Most championships Florida Gators (7)
TV partner(s) CBS
Official website SECSports.com Football
Sponsors
Dr Pepper (1992-present)
Host stadiums
Georgia Dome (1994-present)
Legion Field (1992-1993)
Host locations
Atlanta, Georgia (1994-present)
Birmingham, Alabama (1992-1993)

The SEC Championship Game refers to the game determining the Southeastern Conference's football season champion. The championship game pits the SEC Western Division representative versus the Eastern Division representative in a game held after the regular season has been completed. Thus far eight of the twelve SEC members have played in the Championship. Only Ole Miss has failed to reach the game from the West. Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt have not represented the East. The Eastern division holds an advantage in the game over the Western division, 11–7 overall.[1]

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History

The SEC was the first conference in the NCAA to hold a championship game in football, which was made possible by the conference's expansion to twelve members with the addition of the University of Arkansas and the University of South Carolina in 1991. The format that was incorporated has since been emulated by other leagues in deciding their champion (the first of which being the Big 12 in 1996).

The first two SEC Championship football games were held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, but since 1994, the game has been played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]

The SEC Championship game has featured a rematch of a regular season game a total of five times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004). The team who won the regular season game is 4-1 in the rematches, the lone exception being in 2001 when LSU defeated Tennessee.

In 2009, Alabama and Florida met in the SEC Championship Game for the seventh time in the eighteen year history of the game, the record for the most times any two teams have faced each other in the Championship game (no other match up has been played in Championship game more than twice). Alabama has faced Florida in each of their seven SEC Championship game appearances. In addition, the 2009 game marked the second consecutive year that the number 1 (Florida) and number 2 (Alabama) ranked teams in the AP Poll met in the SEC Championship game. 2009 was the first time any conference championship game had featured two undefeated teams. Alabama won 32-13 and earned a bearth in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

Results

Results from all SEC Championship games that have been played.[3] Rankings are from the AP Poll, winner in bold italics

Year Eastern Division Western Division Venue Attendance MVP
1992 #12 Florida[4] 21 #2 Alabama 28 Legion Field
Birmingham, Alabama
83,091 CB Antonio Langham, Alabama
1993 #9 Florida 28 #16 Alabama[5] 13 76,345 QB Terry Dean, Florida
1994 #6 Florida 24 #3 Alabama 23 Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
74,751 DT Ellis Johnson, Florida
1995 #2 Florida 34 #23 Arkansas 3 71,325 QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1996 #4 Florida 45 #11 Alabama[6] 30 74,132 QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1997 #3 Tennessee 30 #11 Auburn[7] 29 74,896 QB Peyton Manning, Tennessee
1998 #1 Tennessee 24 #23 Mississippi State[8] 14 74,795 WR Peerless Price, Tennessee
1999 #5 Florida 7 #7 Alabama 34 71,500 WR Freddie Milons, Alabama
2000 #7 Florida 28 #18 Auburn 6 73,427 QB Rex Grossman, Florida
2001 #2 Tennessee 20 #21 LSU[9] 31 74,843 QB Matt Mauck, LSU
2002 #4 Georgia 30 #22 Arkansas[10] 3 75,835 QB David Greene, Georgia
2003 #5 Georgia[11] 13 #3 LSU[12] 34 74,913 RB Justin Vincent, LSU
2004 #15 Tennessee 28 #3 Auburn 38 74,892 QB Jason Campbell, Auburn
2005 #13 Georgia 34 #3 LSU 14 73,717 QB D. J. Shockley, Georgia
2006 #4 Florida 38 #8 Arkansas[13] 28 73,374 WR Percy Harvin, Florida
2007 #14 Tennessee[14] 14 #5 LSU 21 73,832 QB Ryan Perrilloux, LSU
2008 #2 Florida 31  #1 Alabama 20  75,892 QB Tim Tebow, Florida
2009 #1 Florida 13  #2 Alabama 32 75,514 QB Greg McElroy, Alabama
Totals 11 Wins 462[1] 7 Wins 401[1] 1,347,074[15]
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Results by team

Appearances School Wins Losses Pct Notes
10 Florida 7 3 .700
7 Alabama 3 4 .428
5 Tennessee 2 3 .400
4 LSU 3 1 .750
3 Georgia 2 1 .667
3 Auburn 1 2 .333
3 Arkansas 0 3 .000
1 Mississippi State 0 1 .000
0 Kentucky 0 0 N/A
0 Ole Miss 0 0 N/A
0 South Carolina 0 0 N/A
0 Vanderbilt 0 0 N/A

Home/away designation

The team designated as the "home" team alternates between division champions; the designation goes to the Eastern champion in even-numbered years and the Western champion in odd-numbered years.

In 2009, the Western division champion, Alabama, was the home team. Because LSU has won the Western division in previous four consecutive seasons that the Western division champion was the "home team" and LSU traditionally wears white jerseys for home games, the SEC West champion wore white in nine consecutive SEC Championship Games (2000-2008). As of the 2009 contest, the designated home team is 11–7 overall in SEC championship games.[3]

Selection criteria

Division standings are based on each team's overall conference record. Often, two or more teams tie for the best record in their division and each team is recognized as a divisional co-champion. However, tiebreakers are used to determine who will represent the division in the championship game.

Two-team tie-breaker procedure

  1. Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams.
  2. Records of the tied teams within the division.
  3. Head-to-head competition vs. the team within the division with the best overall record (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last.
  4. Overall record vs. all common non-divisional opponents.
  5. Combined record vs. all common non-divisional teams.
  6. Record vs. common non-divisional team with the best overall Conference (divisional and non-divisional) record and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division.
  7. The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game.

Three or more-team procedure

  1. (Once the tie has been reduced to two teams, go to the two-team tie-breaker format.)
  2. Combined head-to-head record among the tied teams.
  3. Record of the tied teams within the division.
  4. Head-to-head competition vs. the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last.
  5. Overall record vs. non-division teams.
  6. Combined record vs. all common non-divisional teams.
  7. Record vs. common non-divisional team with the best overall Conference (divisional and non-divisional) record and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division.
  8. The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game, unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within five-or-fewer places of the highest ranked tied team. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the SEC Championship Game.

Winner's bowl performance

Eight winners of the SEC Championship Game have gone on to win the national title, outright or shared. Rankings are from the AP Poll.

Season SEC Champ Result Opponent Conference[16] Bowl Game National Champion
1992 #2 Alabama W 34-13 #1 Miami Big East 1993 Sugar Bowl Alabama
1993 #8 Florida W 41-7 #3 West Virginia Big East 1994 Sugar Bowl Florida State
1994 #5 Florida L 17-23 #7 Florida State ACC 1995 Sugar Bowl Nebraska
1995 #2 Florida L 24-62 #1 Nebraska Big 8 1996 Fiesta Bowl[17] Nebraska
1996 #3 Florida W 52-20 #1 Florida State ACC 1997 Sugar Bowl Florida
1997 #3 Tennessee L 17-42 #2 Nebraska Big 12 1998 Orange Bowl Nebraska, Michigan[18]
1998 #1 Tennessee W 23-16 #2 Florida State ACC 1999 Fiesta Bowl[19] Tennessee
1999 #5 Alabama L 34-35 OT #8 Michigan Big Ten 2000 Orange Bowl[20] Florida State
2000 #7 Florida L 20-37 #2 Miami Big East 2001 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma
2001 #12 LSU W 47-34 #7 Illinois Big Ten 2002 Sugar Bowl Miami
2002 #4 Georgia W 26-13 #16 Florida State ACC 2003 Sugar Bowl Ohio State
2003 #3 LSU W 21-14 #2 Oklahoma Big 12 2004 Sugar Bowl[21] LSU[22]
2004 #3 Auburn[23] W 16-13 #9 Virginia Tech ACC 2005 Sugar Bowl Southern California
2005 #8 Georgia L 35-38 #13 West Virginia Big East 2006 Sugar Bowl[24] Texas
2006 #2 Florida W 41-14 #1 Ohio State Big Ten 2007 BCS Champ. Game[25] Florida
2007 #2 LSU W 38-24 #1 Ohio State Big Ten 2008 BCS Champ. Game LSU
2008 #1 Florida W 24-14 #2 Oklahoma Big 12 2009 BCS Champ. Game Florida
2009 #1 Alabama W 37-21 #2 Texas Big 12 2010 BCS Champ. Game Alabama

Championship Game logos

Official championship game logos used for promotion of the SEC Championship game. For games 2000 and beyond, the colors were standardized to the now more familiar yellow and blue-ish purple which is now used in almost all Southeastern conference promotional logos and material. Prior to 2000, there was no color standardization and a wider variety of colors (often green) were utilized.

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c The SEC East Leads the series 11-7 and has outscored the SEC West 462-401.
  2. ^ http://www.secsports.com/index.php?change_well_id=9993&s
  3. ^ a b http://secsports.com/index.php?change_well_id=2&url_article_id=54
  4. ^ #12 Florida (8-3) won a tie-break for the SEC East in 1992 over #8 Georgia (9-2), by virtue of a head-to-head record of (1-0) 26-24.
  5. ^ #16 Alabama (8-2-1) finished second in the SEC West in 1993 but played in the SEC Championship Game since #4 Auburn (11-0), the first-place finisher in the SEC West, was prohibited from post-season play because of NCAA violations. Alabama was later forced to forfeit its eight victories and one tie during the regular season due when it was found cornerback Antonio Langham had received improper benefits from an agent prior to the season.
  6. ^ Alabama won the SEC West on a tie-breaker by defeating LSU (9-2) 26-0.
  7. ^ Auburn won the SEC West on a tie-breaker by defeating LSU (8-3) 31-28.
  8. ^ #23 Mississippi State (8-3) won a tie-break for the SEC West in 1998 over #11 Arkansas(9-2), 22-21.
  9. ^ LSU (SEC 5-3) won a tiebreaker for the SEC West by defeating Auburn that season 27-14.
  10. ^ #22 Arkansas (9-3) tied for second in the SEC West in 2002 but played in the SEC Championship Game since #14 Alabama (10-3), the first-place finisher in the SEC West, was prohibited from post-season play because of recruiting violations. Arkansas won a tie-break over #20 Auburn (8-4) and #25 LSU (8-4) by virtue of their wins over both teams.
  11. ^ #5 Georgia (10-2) won a tie-breaker for the SEC East over Florida and Tennessee (all 6-2 in conference play).
  12. ^ #3 LSU (11-1) won a tie-breaker for the SEC West over Ole Miss to play in the conference championship game. Ole Miss and LSU were both 7-1 in conference play, however LSU won the head to head match.
  13. ^ Although #8 Arkansas (10-2) was the first-place finisher in the SEC West in 2006, they were the second-highest ranked team in the SEC West behind #4 LSU (10-2), which Arkansas had lost to the previous week. Arkansas went 7-1 in the conference, while LSU had a 6-2 mark.
  14. ^ Tennessee and Georgia finished the season as co-Divisional Champions at 6-2. Tennessee won the tie-breaker due to a 35-14 win over Georgia earlier in the season.
  15. ^ Total attendance from 1992 through 2009 games.
  16. ^ Since the creation of the Pac-10 in 1978, the Pac-10 champion has never played the SEC champion.
  17. ^ first year of the Bowl Alliance, which matched the two highest-ranked teams not in the Big Ten or Pac-10 in a national championship game. The Big Ten and Pac-10 champions were still contractually bound to the Rose Bowl, which was not part of the Bowl Alliance. This was also the first year since 1974 that the SEC champion did not play in the Sugar Bowl.
  18. ^ Nebraska shared the 1997 NCAA title with Michigan
  19. ^ first year of the BCS. The Fiesta Bowl was the national championship game. Under BCS rules, the SEC champion plays in the Sugar Bowl unless the Sugar Bowl hosts the national championship game or the SEC champion plays in the national championship game.
  20. ^ Alabama took the spot of ACC champion Florida State in the Orange Bowl, as the Seminoles were selected to play in the BCS national championship game in the Sugar Bowl.
  21. ^ the Sugar Bowl was the BCS national championship game for the 2003 season.
  22. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=1839834
  23. ^ Auburn finished the season with a 13-0 record, but finished #2 behind one of two other undefeated teams that year, Southern California (13-0)
  24. ^ Game played at Georgia Dome in Atlanta after damage caused to the Louisiana Superdome by Hurricane Katrina.
  25. ^ at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.

See also

Other Conference Championship Games

External links


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