Alabama, Georgia Meet Saturday For SEC Championship

By: Willie Bee | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs
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12/01/2012 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Alabama -7½, O/U 50½
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Television: CBS

Alabama Crimson Tide: Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide (11-1 straight-up, 6-6 against the spread) can punch their second consecutive ticket to the BCS Championship with a victory at the Georgia Dome. Alabama closed out its regular season SEC slate with a 49-0 laugher vs. Auburn, the team's second straight 49-0 triumph. The Tide covered the huge 34-point spread in the contest and pushed the total past the 46-point mark on their own. Alabama's defense ranks first in the nation, allowing just 9.3 points per game and first in fewest yards surrendered (233.7 per game) while the offense is scoring at a 39.0 ppg clip (15th). This will be the eighth SEC Championship Game for 'Bama, who is 3-4 in the previous seven. The Tide's most recent appearance in the contest was 2009 when they dismantled Tim Tebow's Florida team by a 32-13 count en route to winning the BCS title vs. Texas.

Georgia Bulldogs: The Dawgs (11-1 SU, 6-6 ATS) tuned up for this contest with a 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech, giving them six consecutive wins and covers in four of the last five outings. The final score was a bit misleading due to the Yellow Jackets suffering a couple of crucial turnovers, and it marked the second consecutive game Georgia surrendered over 300 rushing yards in a contest after Georgia Southern ran with relative ease on the Bulldogs defense a week earlier. Aaron Murray continued to shine at quarterback for Coach Mark Richt's club in the win over Georgia Tech, completing 14-of-17 passes and two touchdowns. Murray is 71-for-97 (73.1 percent) over the last four games while tossing 13 TDs without a pick in that span. Georgia is making its second straight trip to the SEC Championship and fifth overall after falling 42-10 to LSU last December. It's the first time the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide have met since 2008, a 41-30 regular-season win for 'Bama. The last four battles between the schools all went "over" the total.

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