In recent years, the SEC Championship game has been a pit stop for teams on their way to the BCS title game. The last six SEC champs went on to play in the national championship game in January, five of those squads won that climactic BCS showdown. Since the birth of the BCS Championship Game in 1998, seven SEC teams have won it all.
Last season marked the first time in six years that the SEC champions didn't go on to win the BCS National title in January. Of course, that game still featured two teams from the SEC, Alabama and LSU. The Tigers survived a thrilling game against Georgia in the 2011 SEC Championship. The Bulldogs are back again in hopes of finishing the job.
Although the BCS hasn't given way to the anticipated playoff format just yet, this de facto semifinal gives us a glimpse. Will the Alabama-Georgia winner join the list of SEC title game champs to capture the BCS crown?