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SEC Championship Game
Conference Football Championship
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SportFootball
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Number of teams2
Current stadiumGeorgia Dome
Current locationAtlanta, Georgia
Played1992–Present
Last contest2013 SEC Championship Game
Current championAuburn (3)
Most championshipsFlorida (7)
TV partner(s)CBS
Official websiteSECSports.com Football
Sponsors
Host stadiums
Host locations
 
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SEC Championship Game
Conference Football Championship
SEC new logo.png
SEC Logo
SportFootball
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Number of teams2
Current stadiumGeorgia Dome
Current locationAtlanta, Georgia
Played1992–Present
Last contest2013 SEC Championship Game
Current championAuburn (3)
Most championshipsFlorida (7)
TV partner(s)CBS
Official websiteSECSports.com Football
Sponsors
Host stadiums
Host locations

The SEC Championship Game refers to the game determining the Southeastern Conference's football season champion. The championship game pits the SEC Western Division champions against the Eastern Division champions in a game held after the regular season has been completed. Thus far, ten of the fourteen SEC members have played in the SEC Championship Game. Ole Miss and Texas A&M have yet to reach the game from the West, while Kentucky and Vanderbilt have yet to reach the game from the East. As of 2013, the overall series between both divisions is tied at 11–11.[1]

While 10 out of 14 SEC members have played in the game, only 6 have won, those being Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida of the Eastern Division and Alabama, Auburn, and LSU of the Western Division.

The 2008, 2009, and 2012 games were in effect national semi-final games, as both participating teams were virtually guaranteed a berth in the BCS national championship game with a win. The 2013 game did not have such importance at the time of the game, but results of other conference games later that day meant that it effectively became such a semi-final.

History[edit]

The SEC was the first conference in the NCAA to hold a football championship game made possible when the conference expanded in 1991 to twelve members with the addition of the University of Arkansas and the University of South Carolina and divided into two divisions. The format has since been adopted by other conferences to decide their football champion (the first being the Big 12 in 1996).

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

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. The only other matchup in the SEC Championship played more than twice is Georgia and LSU, which has been played three times. Alabama has faced Florida in seven of their eight 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 berth in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

Auburn and Missouri met in the 2013 SEC Championship game (Missouri's 2nd year in the SEC). Auburn won the game 59-42, breaking the 2010 record of 56 points, for most points scored in the SEC Championship Game (also set by Auburn). Auburn earned a berth in the 2011 and 2014 BCS National Championship Games.

Results[edit]

Results from all SEC Championship games that have been played.[3] Rankings are from the AP Poll.

YearEastern DivisionWestern DivisionSiteAttendanceMVP
1992#12 Florida21#2 Alabama28Legion FieldBirmingham, AL83,091CB Antonio Langham, Alabama
1993#9 Florida28#16 Alabama1376,345QB Terry Dean, Florida
1994#6 Florida24#3 Alabama23Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA74,751DT Ellis Johnson, Florida
1995#2 Florida34#23 Arkansas371,325QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1996#4 Florida45#11 Alabama3074,132QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1997#3 Tennessee30#11 Auburn2974,896QB Peyton Manning, Tennessee
1998#1 Tennessee24#23 Mississippi State1474,795WR Peerless Price, Tennessee
1999#5 Florida7#7 Alabama3471,500WR Freddie Milons, Alabama
2000#7 Florida28#18 Auburn673,427QB Rex Grossman, Florida
2001#2 Tennessee20#21 LSU3174,843QB Matt Mauck, LSU
2002#4 Georgia30#22 Arkansas375,835QB David Greene, Georgia
2003#5 Georgia13#3 LSU3474,913RB Justin Vincent, LSU
2004#15 Tennessee28#3 Auburn3874,892QB Jason Campbell, Auburn
2005#13 Georgia34#3 LSU1473,717QB D. J. Shockley, Georgia
2006#4 Florida38#8 Arkansas2873,374WR Percy Harvin, Florida
2007#14 Tennessee14#5 LSU2173,832QB Ryan Perrilloux, LSU
2008#2 Florida31#1 Alabama2075,892QB Tim Tebow, Florida
2009#1 Florida13#2 Alabama3275,514QB Greg McElroy, Alabama
2010#19 South Carolina17#1 Auburn5675,802QB Cam Newton, Auburn
2011#12 Georgia10#1 LSU4274,515CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
2012#3 Georgia28#2 Alabama3275,624RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
2013#5 Missouri42#3 Auburn5975,632RB Tre Mason, Auburn

Results by team[edit]

AppearancesSchoolWinsLossesPCT.
10Florida73.700
8Alabama44.500
5LSU41.800
5Auburn32.600
5Georgia23.400
5Tennessee23.400
3Arkansas03.000
1Mississippi State01.000
1Missouri01.000
1South Carolina01.000

Home/away designation[edit]

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.

As of the 2013 contest, the designated "home" team is 13–9 overall in SEC championship games.

In 2009, the Western division champion, Alabama, was the home team, ending a streak where the SEC West team had worn white jerseys in nine consecutive SEC Championship Games (2000-2008). This was because LSU had represented the Western division in the previous four seasons that the Western division champion was the "home" team, and LSU traditionally chooses to wear white jerseys for home games. Additionally, for the next three years (2010-2012), the East representative wore their home jerseys because in 2011, LSU again represented the West. [3]

Rematches[edit]

The SEC Championship game has featured a rematch of a regular season game a total of six times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010). The team which won the regular season game is 5–1 in the rematches, the lone exception being in 2001 when LSU defeated Tennessee in the championship game after losing to them in the regular season.

Selection criteria[edit]

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.[4]

Two-team tie-breaker procedure[edit]

  1. Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams. Because all division rivals meet during the season and NCAA overtime has made tie games impossible since 1996, this rule will always break the tie barring extreme circumstances (i.e., the tied teams' game was cancelled, or called off while tied, because of bad weather or other emergency and was never rescheduled or completed). However, SEC rules still contain the remaining procedures if those circumstances were to happen.[4]
  2. Records of the tied teams within the division.
  3. Records against 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.
  4. Complete record vs. all non-divisional opponents.
  5. Complete record vs. all common non-divisional teams if there be any.
  6. Record vs. common non-divisional opponent (if there be any) 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[edit]

  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. Records against 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. Complete record vs. non-division teams.
  6. Complete 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[edit]

Currently the SEC champion plays in the Sugar Bowl unless they have been selected to play in the BCS Championship Game.[5] In the SEC Championship Game era, ten winners of the game have gone on to win the national title (outright or shared), with eleven SEC teams winning national titles overall, including seven consecutive titles from 2006–2012. In 2011 LSU won the SEC Championship Game and advanced to the BCS National Championship Game which they lost 0–21 to fellow SEC member Alabama.

Rankings are from the AP Poll.

SeasonSEC ChampResultOpponentOpp. ConferenceBowl GameNational Champion
1992#2 AlabamaW 34–13#1 MiamiBig East1993 Sugar Bowl[6]Alabama
1993#8 FloridaW 41–7#3 West VirginiaBig East1994 Sugar BowlFlorida State
1994#5 FloridaL 17–23#7 Florida StateACC1995 Sugar BowlNebraska
1995#2 FloridaL 24–62#1 NebraskaBig 81996 Fiesta Bowl[6]Nebraska
1996#3 FloridaW 52–20#1 Florida StateACC1997 Sugar BowlFlorida
1997#3 TennesseeL 17–42#2 NebraskaBig 121998 Orange Bowl[6]Nebraska, Michigan[7]
1998#1 TennesseeW 23–16#2 Florida StateACC1999 Fiesta Bowl[8]Tennessee
1999#5 AlabamaL 34–35 OT#8 MichiganBig Ten2000 Orange Bowl[9]Florida State
2000#7 FloridaL 20–37#2 MiamiBig East2001 Sugar BowlOklahoma
2001#12 LSUW 47–34#7 IllinoisBig Ten2002 Sugar BowlMiami
2002#4 GeorgiaW 26–13#16 Florida StateACC2003 Sugar BowlOhio State
2003#3 LSUW 21–14#2 OklahomaBig 122004 Sugar Bowl[8]LSU, USC[10][11]
2004#3 AuburnW 16–13#9 Virginia TechACC2005 Sugar BowlUSC[12]
2005#8 GeorgiaL 35–38#13 West VirginiaBig East2006 Sugar BowlTexas
2006#2 FloridaW 41–14#1 Ohio StateBig Ten2007 BCS Champ. Game[8]Florida
2007#2 LSUW 38–24#1 Ohio StateBig Ten2008 BCS Champ. Game[8]LSU
2008#2 FloridaW 24–14#1 OklahomaBig 122009 BCS Champ. Game[8]Florida
2009#1 AlabamaW 37–21#2 TexasBig 122010 BCS Champ. Game[8]Alabama
2010#1 AuburnW 22–19#2 OregonPac-102011 BCS Champ. Game[8]Auburn
2011#1 LSUL 0–21#2 AlabamaSEC2012 BCS Champ. Game[8]Alabama
2012#2 AlabamaW 42–14#1 Notre DameIndependent2013 BCS Champ. Game[8]Alabama
2013#2 AuburnL 31–34#1 Florida StateACC2014 BCS Champ. Game[8]Florida State

Runner up's bowl performance[edit]

Rankings are from the AP Poll.

SeasonSEC Runner UpResultOpponentOpp. ConferenceBowl Game
1992#14 FloridaW 27–10#12 NC StateACC1992 Gator Bowl
1993#18 AlabamaW 24–10#12 North CarolinaACC1993 Gator Bowl
1994#6 AlabamaW 24–17#13 Ohio StateBig Ten1995 Citrus Bowl
1995#24 ArkansasL 10–20North CarolinaACC1995 Carquest Bowl
1996#16 AlabamaW 17–14#15 MichiganBig Ten1997 Outback Bowl
1997#13 AuburnW 21–17ClemsonACC1998 Peach Bowl
1998#25 Mississippi StateL 11–38#20 TexasBig 121999 Cotton Bowl
1999#10 FloridaL 34–37#9 Michigan StateBig Ten2000 Citrus Bowl
2000#20 AuburnL 28–31#17 MichiganBig Ten2001 Citrus Bowl
2001#8 TennesseeW 45–17#17 MichiganBig Ten2002 Citrus Bowl
2002#25 ArkansasL 14–29MinnesotaBig Ten2002 Music City Bowl
2003#11 GeorgiaW 34–27#12 PurdueBig Ten2004 Capital One Bowl
2004#15 TennesseeW 38–7#22 Texas A&MBig 122005 Cotton Bowl
2005#10 LSUW 40–3#9 MiamiACC2005 Peach Bowl
2006#12 ArkansasL 14–17#6 WisconsinBig Ten2007 Capital One Bowl
2007#16 TennesseeW 21–17#18 WisconsinBig Ten2008 Outback Bowl
2008#4 AlabamaL 17–31#6 UtahMountain West2009 Sugar Bowl
2009#5 FloridaW 51–24#4 CincinnatiBig East2010 Sugar Bowl
2010#19 South CarolinaL 17–26#23 Florida StateACC2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl
2011#18 GeorgiaL 30–33 3OT#12 Michigan StateBig Ten2012 Outback Bowl
2012#7 GeorgiaW 45–31#16 NebraskaBig Ten2013 Capital One Bowl
2013#9 MissouriW 41–31#13 Oklahoma StateBig 122014 Cotton Bowl Classic

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ he SEC East leads the series 11–10.
  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. ^ a b SEC Divisional Tie-Breaker (SEC website)
  5. ^ http://www.nokiasugarbowl.com
  6. ^ a b c Bowl Coalition (1992-1994) or Bowl Alliance (1995-1997) Championship Game
  7. ^ Nebraska shared the 1997 NCAA title with Michigan
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j BCS National Championship Game
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=1839834
  11. ^ http://media.www.mtsusidelines.com/media/storage/paper202/news/2004/01/14/Sports/Lsu-Usc.Split.National.Championship-580477.shtml
  12. ^ Southern California won the BCS Championship but the title was vacated following an investigation into improper payments to various players. USC retained its AP National Championship.

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