SEC Championship Game Preview & Prediction

The fates of several teams are hanging in the balance as we head in Conference Championship Weekend in college football. We can assume that a couple of teams, namely the LSU Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes, might still be in the final four even if they lose this weekend, but that really is nothing more than conjecture. The fact of the matter is that we don’t really know how the playoff committee will vote this coming Sunday. What we do know is that there are essentially 7 or 8 teams who still have a shot, albeit a slim one for some, at making the college football playoffs. The championship games begin on Friday night, with the Utah Utes looking to improve their chances of getting in against the Oregon Ducks. We will then have 9 games on Saturday, after which the committee will release their final rankings on Sunday afternoon. The SEC Championship Game is one of the biggest games each year, and this time, it will be the Georgia Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers going head to head. The Tigers are in as a 7-point favorite, with the point total set at 54 ½.

When: Saturday, December 7 at 4 PM EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
TV: CBS
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Why bet on the LSU Tigers

The LSU Tigers have undoubtedly been one of the best teams in the country all season long, playing a brand of offensive football that has been a joy to watch. Their win over Alabama cemented their place in the SEC Championship Game and may even be enough to keep them in the top 4 even if they lose to Georgia on Saturday. QB Joe Burrow is more than likely going to win the Heisman after an incredible year. With Burrow under center, the Tigers have seemingly improved with each passing week, surpassing 50 points in each of their last 3 games. They will have a tougher time getting to that mark against a Georgia D that is arguably the best in the nation. The Tigers have been a great December bet, going 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14.

Why bet on the Georgia Bulldogs

Given the ranked teams that they have beaten this season, the Bulldogs would already have locked up a top 4 spot but for an inexplicable home loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Before writing this team off, it might be a good idea to remember that their best efforts this season have come against the better teams in the country. In the last 10 games against LSU, the Dawgs have earned a 5-5 split, and while this is a neutral site game, it is being played in Atlanta, so expect it to feel like a home game for Georgia. The Bulldogs offense has been sputtering of late, but they did put 52 on Georgia Tech last week and are still 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

 

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I have heard a lot of people talking about a potential blowout for LSU on Saturday, but that Georgia D, combined with their running game, can be effective in keeping the Tigers offense off the field. I see this as a close one.

Georgia Bulldogs 27 LSU Tigers 30