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Georgia opens as 15.5-point favorites over LSU in SEC Championship

Griffin McVeigh11/26/22
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06 December 2014: The SEC logo painted on the field at the 50 yard line in the Alabama Crimson Tide 42-13 victory over the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Rivalry games are out of the way for both Georgia and LSU but with drastically different results. Kirby Smart’s team took care of Georgia Tech, while Texas A&M got another win against the Tigers. Either way, all attention will be on the all-important SEC Championship game, set to take place on Dec. 3 at Mercedez Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

To no surprise, Georgia is a heavy favorite on Saturday. According to VegasInsider, the Bulldogs have 1.5 points to work with, a rather large spread for a conference championship game. Although this is unusual territory, with a three-loss team making their way to Atlanta.

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This will mark the second time in four years Georgia and LSU are meeting in the SEC Championship. The Bayou Bengals were on the winning end in 2019, continuing their magical season toward a national championship. Revenge will be on tap of sorts, with the Bulldogs looking to be the one steamrolling into the CFP.

A second consecutive undefeated regular season played out for head coach Kirby Smart, even with some bumps along the way. They were not able to take care of Alabama last season, getting revenge in the national championship instead. Georgia will be looking to stay consistent and get another SEC crown added.

LSU will still be happy with the season they had, not expecting to be in this position after a season-opening loss against Florida State. Wins over Ole Miss and Alabama were huge for Kelly in clinching the SEC West and seriously gaining momentum in the program.

That being said, Georgia is most likely safe in the College Football Playoff, even with a loss. LSU will be trying to play spoiler after their shocking loss against Texas A&M. A lot will still be on the table in Atlanta despite a rather large point spread.