We have reached the first Saturday in December, which could only mean one thing for folks in the Southeastern Conference. It’s SEC Championship weekend in Atlanta as the Georgia Bulldogs and; LSU gets ready for war to decide who runs the Southeastern Conference. Both programs have had a lot of success in the SEC Championship game. LSU and Georgia are familiar foes in the SEC Championship games, with the 2022 meeting being the 5th. LSU currently holds an advantage over the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship by a margin of 3-1. These two last met in the 2019 game Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers dismantled Georgia 37-10 en route to an LSU National Championship.
2022 has a different feel though LSU made the SEC Championship with a 9-3 record after falling to Texas A&M on Saturday night 38-23. Yet, it’s only year one under Brian Kelly, and LSU fans are excited to be in Atlanta competing against Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs. We have seen different LSU teams throughout the season. On one side, LSU looked like a legitimate Playoff spoiler; on the other, LSU lost to a depleted Texas A&M program. LSU has been a challenging program to read, but either way, LSU is playing for an SEC Championship.
On the other sideline, you have Kirby Smart; and his Georgia Bulldogs, ranked number one in the country and undefeated. Kirby Smart and his Bulldogs are no strangers to the SEC Championship, as the Bulldogs have played in five of the last six SEC Championship games. They last won the SEC Championship in 2017 when Georgia defeated Auburn 28-7. Last season, Georgia lost the SEC Championship game against Alabama before going on a rampage in the College Football Playoffs and bringing home their first National Championship in 40 years.
As far as the matchup goes, Georgia has the advantage. On paper, Georgia is the better team; there’s no question about it. However, SEC Championships are won on the field and not on paper. LSU has a chance, but the Tigers will have to play the best game they have played all season long. Georgia needs to find a rhythm on the offensive side of the ball, but the Bulldogs have the advantage on Saturday with a team that should win another National Championship.
With all of that being said, LSU has nothing to lose. Throughout history, we have seen teams like LSU come into their conference championships with nothing to lose to only shock the world by pulling off monster upsets. LSU has the pieces to do it. It will come down to how bad do Kirby Smart and Georgia want to win the SEC Championship. A win on Saturday night over Georgia would also push LSU back into the conversation to earn a bid to a New Year Six Bowl Game. A loss to Georgia and LSU will be packing their bags to head to Orlando, Florida, to play in the Citrus Bowl.
Overall, Saturday will likely end in a Georgia celebration as the Bulldogs defeat LSU to win their second SEC Championship under Kirby Smart. There’s too much on the line for Georgia to lose this game against LSU. It might be closer than a lot think, but Georgia will likely be crowned the SEC Champion on Saturday night.