The 28th SEC Championship game pits two teams who are very familiar with being in this game. The #4 Georgia Bulldogs and the #2 LSU Tigers will battle for a SEC Championship and a College Football Playoff berth.
Georgia once again came in at #4 in the College Football Playoff rankings and will be in the playoffs with an upset over #2 LSU Saturday. The Georgia Bulldogs prepare for their 9th SEC Championship game overall and third straight appearance in this game. Georgia has won the SEC title in 2002, 2005 and 2017, while having lost in 2003, 2011, 2012 and 2018. A win Saturday would clinch the Bulldogs second 12 win season in their last three.
LSU came in ranked #2 in the latest CFP rankings and have all but sealed their playoff berth no matter what happens in the SEC Championship game. The LSU Tigers will be playing in their 7th SEC Championship game and their first since 2011. LSU has won the championship in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2011 and have only lost in 2005. A win Saturday would be LSU’s first 13 win season since 2011.
Below is my pick for the #4 Georgia Bulldogs vs #1 LSU Tigers. All lines are from the William Hill Sportsbook.
#4 Georgia Bulldogs vs #2 LSU Tigers (-7.5): O/U 54 points (-115/-105)
The Georgia Bulldogs enter the SEC Championship game on a six game win streak after knocking off rival Georgia Tech 52-7. Georgia only led by 10 heading into halftime, but the Bulldogs outscored the Yellow Jackets 35-0 in the second half in preparation for LSU. The Bulldogs are 3-0 against ranked teams this season having beaten then #7 Notre Dame, #6 Florida and #12 Auburn. Against the SEC – West, Georgia is 2-0 with wins over Texas A&M and Auburn. Georgia is 7-5 against the spread and the under has hit in nine of their 12 games this season.
LSU enters the SEC Championship game at 12-0 and rolling over everyone they play. The Tigers ended the regular season with a 50-7 win over Texas A&M and have now won nine of their 12 games by at least double figures. LSU is 4-0 against ranked teams with wins over #9 Texas, #7 Florida, #9 Auburn and #3 Alabama. Against SEC – East opponents, the Tigers are 2-0 with wins over Florida and Vanderbilt. LSU is 7-4-1 against the spread and the over has hit in seven of their 11 games with a total this season.
Series History: LSU came away with a 36-16 win last season and now leads the all-time series 17-13-1.
College Football Prediction: I like LSU -7.5 Saturday afternoon.
YTD College Football Results: 62-53-2