Five Things We Learned on Week 10 of SEC football:


1—The SEC championship game is set with an Alabama-Georgia rematch. Now we have to wait:

Both Alabama (29-0 over LSU) and Georgia (34-17 over Kentucky) dominated their opponents on Saturday to win the SEC West and SEC East respectively and punch their tickets for the conference championship game on Dec. 1 in Atlanta. It is the earliest the two teams for the conference championship game have been decided since its creation in 1992.

In short, this summer everybody thought Alabama and Georgia were the best two teams in the SEC. And they were right.

Now players and fans have to wait almost a month before the game is played. The teams have work to do while they are waiting.

No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) has Mississippi State (6-3, 2-3) coming to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday (3:30 p.m., CBS) with two more home games against The Citdel and Auburn (6-3, 3-3).

No. 6 Georgia (8-1, 6-1) has one conference game left at home with Auburn (7 p.m., ESPN) on Saturday followed by non-conference home games with UMass and Georgia Tech.

Both teams need to win out to guarantee that the winner of the SEC championship game a spot in the playoffs.

The two teams will be returning to Mercedes-Benz Stadium where about 10 months ago they played one of the best national championship games ever, a 26-23 overtime thriller won by Alabama.

They have met one previous time in the SEC championship game, with Alabama winning a 32-28 thriller on the way national championship game.

As the head coach at LSU and Alabama, Nick Saban is 7-1 in SEC championship games, the only loss coming to Florida in 2008.

This will be the second straight appearance for Georgia’s Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs beat Auburn 28-7 for the SEC championship last season.


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