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SEC Championship Game

The SEC Championship Game (officially The SEC Championship on CBS presented by Dr Pepper for broadcast and sponsorship purposes) is an annual game that has determined the Southeastern Conference's football season champion since 1992. The championship game pits the SEC Western Division regular season champion against the Eastern Division regular season champion and is held a week after the SEC regular season has been completed (typically on the first Saturday of December). Ten of the fourteen current SEC members have played in the SEC Championship Game. Kentucky and Vanderbilt have yet to reach the game from the East, while Ole Miss and Texas A&M have yet to reach the game from the West. The overall series between both divisions is narrowly led by the Western Division, 12–11.

While ten SEC members have played in the game, only six have won: Tennessee of the Eastern Division, and Alabama, Auburn, and LSU of the Western Division. Each of these teams has won the championship multiple times. Alabama is the current SEC champion.

The SEC Championship Game has been aired on CBS since 2001; the current broadcast team is Verne Lundquist as the play-by-play announcer, Gary Danielson as the color analyst, and Allie LaForce as the sideline reporter.


The SEC was the first conference in the NCAA Division I to hold a football championship game made possible when the conference expanded in 1991 to twelve members with the addition of the University of Arkansas and the University of South Carolina and divided into two divisions. The format has since been adopted by other conferences to decide their football champion (the first being the Big 12 in 1996).

The first two SEC Championship Games were held at Atlanta.[1] Beginning in 2017, the game will be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium until 2027.[2]

– Eastern division
– Western division
– Championship Game site

In LSU, which has been played three times. Alabama has faced Florida in seven of their nine SEC Championship Game appearances. In addition, the 2009 game marked the second consecutive year that the No. 1 (Florida) and No. 2 (Alabama) ranked teams in the AP Poll met in the SEC Championship game. 2009 was the first time any conference championship game had featured two undefeated teams. Alabama won 32–13 and earned a berth in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, which it went on to win as well.

Auburn and Missouri met in the 2013 SEC Championship Game (in Missouri's 2nd year in the SEC). Auburn won the game 59–42, breaking the previous record of 56 points for most points scored by a single team in the SEC Championship Game (previously set by Auburn in 2010).

The 2008, 2009 and 2012 games were essentially national semi-final games, as both participating teams were virtually guaranteed a berth in the BCS national championship game with a win. The 2013 game was not thought of as such at the time of the game, but results of other games later that day meant that it effectively was such a semi-final.

Between 2006 to 2013 the winner of the SEC Championship Game went on to play in the BCS National Championship Game posting a 7–2 record in the game. Since 2014, the SEC Championship Game winner has gone on to appear in the College Football Playoff.

Beginning in 2017, the SEC Championship Game will be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but still located in Atlanta, Georgia.


Results from all SEC Championship games that have been played.[3] Rankings are from the AP Poll.
Year Eastern Division Western Division Site Attendance MVP
1992 #12 Florida 21 #2 Alabama 28 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL 83,091 CB Antonio Langham, Alabama
1993 #9 Florida 28 #16 Alabama 13 76,345 QB Terry Dean, Florida
1994 #6 Florida 24 #3 Alabama 23 Atlanta, GA 74,751 DT Ellis Johnson, Florida
1995 #2 Florida 34 #23 Arkansas 3 71,325 QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1996 #4 Florida 45 #11 Alabama 30 74,132 QB Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1997 #3 Tennessee 30 #11 Auburn 29 74,896 QB Peyton Manning, Tennessee
1998 #1 Tennessee 24 #23 Mississippi State 14 74,795 WR Peerless Price, Tennessee
1999 #5 Florida 7 #7 Alabama 34 71,500 WR Freddie Milons, Alabama
2000 #7 Florida 28 #18 Auburn 6 73,427 QB Rex Grossman, Florida
2001 #2 Tennessee 20 #21 LSU 31 74,843 QB Matt Mauck, LSU
2002 #4 Georgia 30 #22 Arkansas 3 75,835 QB David Greene, Georgia
2003 #5 Georgia 13 #3 LSU 34 74,913 RB Justin Vincent, LSU
2004 #15 Tennessee 28 #3 Auburn 38 74,892 QB Jason Campbell, Auburn
2005 #13 Georgia 34 #3 LSU 14 73,717 QB D. J. Shockley, Georgia
2006 #4 Florida 38 #8 Arkansas 28 73,374 WR Percy Harvin, Florida
2007 #14 Tennessee 14 #5 LSU 21 73,832 QB Ryan Perrilloux, LSU
2008 #2 Florida 31 #1 Alabama 20 75,892 QB Tim Tebow, Florida
2009 #1 Florida 13 #2 Alabama 32 75,514 QB Greg McElroy, Alabama
2010 #19 South Carolina 17 #1 Auburn 56 75,802 QB Cam Newton, Auburn
2011 #12 Georgia 10 #1 LSU 42 74,515 CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
2012 #3 Georgia 28 #2 Alabama 32 75,624 RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
2013 #5 Missouri 42 #3 Auburn 59 75,632 RB Tre Mason, Auburn
2014 #14 Missouri 13 #1 Alabama 42 73,526 QB Blake Sims, Alabama

Results by team

Appearances School Wins Losses PCT. Most recent app.
10 Florida 7 3 .700 2009
9 Alabama 5 4 .556 2014
5 LSU 4 1 .800 2011
5 Auburn 3 2 .600 2013
5 Georgia 2 3 .400 2012
5 Tennessee 2 3 .400 2007
3 Arkansas 0 3 .000 2006
2 Missouri 0 2 .000 2014
1 Mississippi State 0 1 .000 1998
1 South Carolina 0 1 .000 2010

Home/away designation

The team designated as the "home" team alternates between division champions; the designation goes to the Eastern champion in even-numbered years and the Western champion in odd-numbered years.

As of the 2014 contest, the designated "home" team is 13–11 overall in SEC championship games.

In 2009, the Western division champion, Alabama, was the home team, ending a streak where the SEC West team had worn white jerseys in nine consecutive SEC Championship Games (2000–2008). This was because LSU had represented the Western division in the previous four seasons that the Western division champion was the "home" team, and LSU traditionally chooses to wear white jerseys for home games. Additionally, for the next three years (2010–2012), the East representative wore their home jerseys because in 2011, LSU again represented the West.[3]


The SEC Championship game has featured a rematch of a regular season game a total of six times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010). The team which won the regular season game is 5–1 in the rematches, the lone exception being in 2001 when LSU defeated Tennessee in the championship game after losing to them in the regular season.

Selection criteria

Division standings are based on each team's overall conference record. Often, two or more teams tie for the best record in their division and each team is recognized as a divisional co-champion. However, tiebreakers are used to determine who will represent the division in the championship game.[4]

Two-team tie-breaker procedure

  1. Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams. Because all division rivals meet during the season and NCAA overtime has made tie games impossible since 1996, this rule will always break the tie barring extreme circumstances (i.e., the tied teams' game was cancelled, or called off while tied, because of bad weather or other emergency and was never rescheduled or completed). As such, SEC rules still contain the remaining procedures if those circumstances were to happen.[4]
  2. Records of the tied teams within the division.
  3. Records against the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) conference record and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last.
  4. Complete record vs. all non-divisional opponents.
  5. Complete record vs. all common non-divisional teams if there be any.
  6. Record vs. common non-divisional opponent (if there be any) with the best overall conference (divisional and non-divisional) record and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division.
  7. Best cumulative conference winning percentage of non-divisional opponents
  8. Coin flip of the tied teams

Three or more-team procedure

(Once the tie has been reduced to two teams, go to the two-team tie-breaker format.)

  1. Combined head-to-head record among the tied teams.
  2. Record of the tied teams within the division.
  3. Records against the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last.
  4. Complete record vs. non-division teams.
  5. Complete record vs. all common non-divisional teams.
  6. Record vs. common non-divisional team with the best overall Conference (divisional and non-divisional) record and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division.
  7. Best cumulative Conference winning percentage of non-divisional opponents (Note: If two teams' non-divisional opponents have the same cumulative record, then the two-team tiebreaker procedures apply. If four teams are tied, and three teams' non-divisional opponents have the same cumulative record, the three-team tiebreaker procedures will be used beginning with #1
  8. Coin flip of the tied teams with the team with the odd result being the representative (Example: If there are two teams with tails and one team with heads, the team with heads is the representative)

Winner's bowl performance

Currently the SEC champion plays in the Sugar Bowl unless they have been selected to play in a College Football Playoff semi-final bowl.[5] In the SEC Championship Game era, ten winners of the game have gone on to win the national title (outright or shared), with eleven SEC teams winning national titles overall, including seven consecutive titles from the 2006–2012 seasons. In 2011 LSU won the SEC Championship Game and advanced to the BCS National Championship Game which they lost 0–21 to fellow SEC member Alabama.

Rankings are from the AP Poll during which the game was played.

Season SEC Champ Result Opponent Opp. Conference Bowl Game National Champion
1992 #2 Alabama W 34–13 #1 Miami Big East 1993 Sugar Bowl[6] Alabama
1993 #8 Florida W 41–7 #3 West Virginia Big East 1994 Sugar Bowl Florida State
1994 #5 Florida L 17–23 #7 Florida State ACC 1995 Sugar Bowl Nebraska
1995 #2 Florida L 24–62 #1 Nebraska Big 8 1996 Fiesta Bowl[6] Nebraska
1996 #3 Florida W 52–20 #1 Florida State ACC 1997 Sugar Bowl Florida
1997 #3 Tennessee L 17–42 #2 Nebraska Big 12 1998 Orange Bowl[6] Nebraska, Michigan[7]
1998 #1 Tennessee W 23–16 #2 Florida State ACC 1999 Fiesta Bowl[8] Tennessee
1999 #5 Alabama L 34–35 OT #8 Michigan Big Ten 2000 Orange Bowl[9] Florida State
2000 #7 Florida L 20–37 #2 Miami Big East 2001 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma
2001 #12 LSU W 47–34 #7 Illinois Big Ten 2002 Sugar Bowl Miami
2002 #4 Georgia W 26–13 #16 Florida State ACC 2003 Sugar Bowl Ohio State
2003 #3 LSU W 21–14 #2 Oklahoma Big 12 2004 Sugar Bowl[8] LSU, USC[10][11]
2004 #3 Auburn W 16–13 #9 Virginia Tech ACC 2005 Sugar Bowl USC[12]
2005 #8 Georgia L 35–38 #13 West Virginia Big East 2006 Sugar Bowl Texas
2006 #2 Florida W 41–14 #1 Ohio State Big Ten 2007 BCS Champ. Game[8] Florida
2007 #2 LSU W 38–24 #1 Ohio State Big Ten 2008 BCS Champ. Game[8] LSU
2008 #2 Florida W 24–14 #1 Oklahoma Big 12 2009 BCS Champ. Game[8] Florida
2009 #1 Alabama W 37–21 #2 Texas Big 12 2010 BCS Champ. Game[8] Alabama
2010 #1 Auburn W 22–19 #2 Oregon Pac-10 2011 BCS Champ. Game[8] Auburn
2011 #1 LSU L 0–21 #2 Alabama SEC 2012 BCS Champ. Game[8] Alabama
2012 #2 Alabama W 42–14 #1 Notre Dame Independent 2013 BCS Champ. Game[8] Alabama
2013 #2 Auburn L 31–34 #1 Florida State ACC 2014 BCS Champ. Game[8] Florida State
2014 #1 Alabama L 35–42 #5 Ohio State Big Ten 2015 Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal Game) Ohio State

Runner up's bowl performance

Rankings are from the AP Poll during which the game was played.

Season SEC Runner Up Result Opponent Opp. Conference Bowl Game
1992 #14 Florida W 27–10 #12 NC State ACC 1992 Gator Bowl
1993 #18 Alabama W 24–10 #12 North Carolina ACC 1993 Gator Bowl
1994 #6 Alabama W 24–17 #13 Ohio State Big Ten 1995 Citrus Bowl
1995 #24 Arkansas L 10–20 North Carolina ACC 1995 Carquest Bowl
1996 #16 Alabama W 17–14 #15 Michigan Big Ten 1997 Outback Bowl
1997 #13 Auburn W 21–17 Clemson ACC 1998 Peach Bowl
1998 #25 Mississippi State L 11–38 #20 Texas Big 12 1999 Cotton Bowl
1999 #10 Florida L 34–37 #9 Michigan State Big Ten 2000 Citrus Bowl
2000 #20 Auburn L 28–31 #17 Michigan Big Ten 2001 Citrus Bowl
2001 #8 Tennessee W 45–17 #17 Michigan Big Ten 2002 Citrus Bowl
2002 #25 Arkansas L 14–29 Minnesota Big Ten 2002 Music City Bowl
2003 #11 Georgia W 34–27 #12 Purdue Big Ten 2004 Capital One Bowl
2004 #15 Tennessee W 38–7 #22 Texas A&M Big 12 2005 Cotton Bowl
2005 #10 LSU W 40–3 #9 Miami ACC 2005 Peach Bowl
2006 #12 Arkansas L 14–17 #6 Wisconsin Big Ten 2007 Capital One Bowl
2007 #16 Tennessee W 21–17 #18 Wisconsin Big Ten 2008 Outback Bowl
2008 #4 Alabama L 17–31 #6 Utah Mountain West 2009 Sugar Bowl
2009 #5 Florida W 51–24 #4 Cincinnati Big East 2010 Sugar Bowl
2010 #19 South Carolina L 17–26 #23 Florida State ACC 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl
2011 #18 Georgia L 30–33 3OT #12 Michigan State Big Ten 2012 Outback Bowl
2012 #7 Georgia W 45–31 #16 Nebraska Big Ten 2013 Capital One Bowl
2013 #9 Missouri W 41–31 #13 Oklahoma State Big 12 2014 Cotton Bowl Classic
2014 #16 Missouri W 33–17 #25 Minnesota Big Ten 2015 Citrus Bowl


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  4. ^ a b SEC Divisional Tie-Breaker (SEC website)
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  6. ^ a b c Bowl Coalition (1992-1994) or Bowl Alliance (1995-1997) Championship Game
  7. ^ Nebraska shared the 1997 NCAA title with Michigan
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j BCS National Championship Game
  9. ^ Alabama took the spot of ACC champion Florida State in the Orange Bowl, as the Seminoles were selected to play in the BCS national championship game in the Sugar Bowl.
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  12. ^ Southern California won the BCS Championship but the title was vacated following an investigation into improper payments to various players. USC retained its AP National Championship.

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