No. 6 Georgia will play No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon in the first title meeting between the two schools on this stage from the divisional division. The winner gets the latest bragging rights, an SEC title and a perforated ticket for the American Football tiebreaker.
Georgia just received a hit from Georgia Tech at Atlanta 38-7 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, while Auburn drove Alabama 26-14 at Jordan-Hare Stadium last week to take the SEC West crown.
The Tigers are 2.5 point favorites over the Bulldogs in the SEC in the CBS Game of the Week.
Date : Saturday, December 2 | Time : 4 p.m. ET
Location : Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia
TV : CBS | Live Stream : CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App
Georgia: The Bulldogs were exposed a bit by Auburn the last time they left, when the offensive line fights to protect to quarterback Jake Fromm, and runners Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were constantly forced to change direction in the backfield. If they are going to have the opportunity of this turn, the offensive line will have to be better and the coordinator Jim Chaney will have to mix more screens, raffles and other plays that neutralize the strength of Auburn: the defensive line. In November, when they met, Auburn forced Georgia out of their comfort zone, and the Bulldogs had no response. They have to prevent that from happening in the rematch.
Auburn: For the Tigers, it's all about the health of the Kerryon Johnson runner. The junior star left the win over Alabama for a shoulder injury, and has been the basis of the offensive Tiger throughout the season. With Kamryn Pettway out, the last thing Auburn needs is an inexperienced back like Kam Martin carrying the load. Nothing against Martin, but Auburn is elite when he has the proven strength between the tackles and the outside. If Johnson is at, or near, 100 percent, Auburn can escape again. If not, it's going to be a fist fight.
Before the season, I chose Georgia over Auburn in the SEC Championship Game with a post in the College Football postseason on the line. Today, I am sticking to that choice. Although I think Johnson is good enough during the week, some hits from linebackers Roquan Smith and Lorenzo Carter could change that. Tigres coach Gus Malzahn will try to protect Johnson, the offense will not be as fluid and will allow Georgia to stay. If he allows Georgia to stay, Chubb and Michel will take over. The Bulldogs will give the surprise with a campaign of statements in the fourth quarter that will result in the winning field goal of the game to send them to the CFP. Select: Bulldogs +2.5