Matthew Stevens of the Montgomery Advertiser, a journalist with Auburn, recaps last week's 26-14 win over Alabama No. 1 and presents the SEC's title game against Georgia on Saturday.
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ATLANTA – Good afternoon and welcome to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for this 2017 Southeastern Conference Championship as No. 4 Auburn (10-2, 7-1 in the SEC) ) plays a One rematch in the season against No. 6 Georgia (11-1, 7-1 in the SEC) today at 3 p. m. on CBS.
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Update of the Noon – Auburn arrived at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Championship Game of the Southeast Conference.
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11 am UPDATE: Montgomery advertiser photographer Albert Cesare has posted a fan gallery of the previous atmosphere game around Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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10:45 am UPDATE – While waiting for the SEC 2017 Championship Game, here's a preview box of the game:
] When: 3 pm, Saturday
Where: Atlanta, Georgia – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (71,000)
Records: No. 4 Auburn (10-) 2); No. 6 Georgia (11-1)
Line: Auburn for 2.5
On the air: TV – CBS. Radio – WLWI-FM 92.3 FM, WMSP-AM 740, Sirius 145, XM 190
FOURTH DOWN TERRITORY
1. Kerry-On: The most important question of the weekend is undeniably whether Auburn's Kerryon Johnson running back can be effective with his injured shoulder. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that the junior runner was "on a daily basis" with his shoulder injury, but hinted that even without practice this week, he will be allowed to play and start Saturday against Georgia (3 pm, CBS) if full medical clearance is given. The offensive coordinator of Auburn Chip Lindsey confirmed that Kam Martin, who had nine yards on four carries on Saturday, was available for practice after suffering an ankle injury at the end of the Iron Bowl. After running for 6.39 yards per carry this season and two touchdowns in a limited role, Martin is expected to get the first opportunity in the tailback position if Johnson can not play or is ineffective with the injury.
2. Face me up front: Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who is a finalist for the Broyles Prize awarded to the best badistant coach in the country, usually applies the KISS method, is simple and stupid.
"First of all I" "I can not think too much," Steele said Sunday. "Players have to play the game, you start trying to get out of your motor home and do something different than what got you there: we're not going to do that, but we'll have some wrinkles."
Steele said that for Auburn to win this game, the Tigers will have to dominate the line of scrimmage in a similar way to when they defeated Georgia 40-17 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. and gave Jarrett Stidham enough time to find receivers in the field.
"Everything we do and do not ride and hide from this, but everything we do starts and ends with the boys," Steele said. "Running and pbading, everything we do"
3. Revenge, challenge or opportunity in season: For the fifth time in the history of the program, Auburn will play a team twice in a season, but the uniqueness of this opportunity is that the games will take place in the same month. From the perspective of the coaches, it will be very difficult for Georgia to change the way they hit a team's scheme, but the players will simply have to execute the plan better.
"All the emotion, all the thoughts that before a game, the feelings disappear once you start hitting and once the bullets start to fly," said Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter. "We will go out, and I am sure that people will be excited." We will have a lot of energy, many emotions, but when the time comes, those emotions will not win the game. That's how you play. "
4. Cover that kick: Auburn is the worst team in the country among the 130 programs of the Football Bowl Subdivision to cover kicks, since the Tigers are allowing 28.2 yards per return, which It is more than a yard worse than the 129th worst team in college football.The good news for special teams coordinator Tim Horton is that the SEC title game will be played in a dome making it more likely that the finalist kicker Groza Prize, Daniel Carlson, has better chances of kicking the ball out of the end zone.  BY NUMBERS
6: On Saturday he will mark the sixth appearance in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game and Auburn won the last three in 2004, 2010 and 2013.
5: Number of times Auburn has played an opponent twice in a season, four times prior was 1893 vs. Alabama, 2000 vs. Florida, 2004 vs. Tennessee and 2010 vs. South Carolina.
327: 327 Auburn points scored in the SEC this season is the longest and the second in Auburn exceeded the 300 mark.
0-3: Georgia lost all three games with Kirby Smart when it allowed at least 30 points per game.
Auburn H-back Chandler Cox vs. Georgia OLB Lorenzo Carter
This is not a remarkable fight in terms of statistics except to say that Carter is third in the team in tackles (41) and second in the team in catches (4) this season. Cox is the best blocker in Tim Horton's backfield and will lead the attack for whoever gets the carry for the Tigers. It can also be useful in the pbading game, since Cox is solid in collecting blitzers in the second level of the Georgia defense or comes from high school with a cornerback or a security attack.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tray Matthews, FS, Sr., 6-1, 209
The former Georgia player finally won a victory in the oldest rivalry of the Deep South when Georgia was knocked down at the Stadium Jordan-Hare this month. The native of Newnan, Georgia is likely to have many friends and family in the stands and maybe even some of them will wear red Bulldogs. However, if Auburn is going to have a similar defense performance against Nick Chubb and Sonny Michel, they will need intelligence and physicality as a defender that Matthews has taken all season to lead the Tigers defense and allow only 125.9 on the ground. yards per game.
Auburn 31, Georgia 24
This game is going to win in advance and it's really hard to guess that rookie quarterback Jake Fromm can beat Jarrett Stidham considering how Well, the second person calling the Tigers has been playing since the LSU loss six games ago. Stidham will try to find Darius Slayton vertically on the field, while Fromm will have to avoid an avalanche of pbades if he is not supported by Chubb and Michel in the running game. It will be stricter than the game at Auburn, but the only thing that this Tigers team has shown in recent months is to bet against them at your own risk.