(Sporting Alert) — The Southeastern Conference Championship Football Game between the No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia is expected to highlight the list of college football games on the calendar for Saturday.
The game has been the most talked about all week and fans will finally get to see which one of these team earn the right to face No. 1 Notre Dame for the National title.
The clash will also see the Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) and Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) meeting for the first time since Sept. 27, 2008, while for the first time ever, the two programs will meet off in the conference title game.
Both teams had to overcome defeats during the regular season to get to this stage.
“I guess the way I would sort of look at it, both teams responded extremely well to the difficulties of their season, which is the games that we both lost,” Alabama head coach ick Saban said during the press conference here on Friday.
“I think from that time, Georgia has really improved as a team and I think that since our A&M game, our guys have practiced, prepared, paid attention to detail and had a little bit different sort of level of intensity more like we had early in the season, which I think has affected our ability to improve as well.”
Georgia were crushed 35-7 at South Carolina on Oct. 6, but Mark Richt has rallied his team back from that setback and is looking forward to playing on Saturday.
“The thing I said to the team [following the loss] is: The bad news is we got whipped pretty soundly,” Richt admitted.
“I said, the good news is, we got whipped together […]So, all right, well we lost together, let’s go back to work together; let’s go back and win together; let’s stay together; let’s stay unified.
“So that helped a lot.”
Also 12 Nebraska will meet Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, No. 11 Oklahoma at TCU, No. 23 Oklahoma State travel to face Baylor, No. 18 Texas will look to stop No. 6 Kansas State from taking the Big 12 title, while No. 13 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech.
NCAAF: College Football Game, Dec. 1
12:00 p.m. EST, No. 11 Oklahoma at TCU (ESPN)
12:00 p.m. EST, No. 23 Oklahoma State at Baylor (FX)
12:00 p.m. EST, UCF at Tulsa (ESPN2)
2:30 p.m. EST, Nicholls State at No. 15 Oregon State (Pac-12 Network)
2:30 p.m. EST, Kansas at West Virginia
3:00 p.m. EST, Middle Tennessee at Arkansas State (ESPN3)
3:00 p.m. EST, Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida Atlantic
3:30 p.m. EST, No. 20 Boise State at Nevada (ABC)
3:30 p.m. EST, Cincinnati at Connecticut (ABC)
4:00 p.m. EST, No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Georgia (CBS)
4:00 p.m. EST, New Mexico State at Texas State
7:00 p.m. EST, Pittsburgh at South Florida (ESPN2)
8:00 p.m. EST, No. 18 Texas at No. 6 Kansas State (ABC)
8:00 p.m. EST, No. 13 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (ESPN)
8:17 p.m. EST, No. 12 Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (FOX)
11:00 p.m. EST, South Alabama at Hawaii