SEC Championship Game
Auburn vs. Georgia
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Saturday, 4pm- CBS
The rematch of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry with the stakes higher than ever – an SEC title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
In the space of barely two weeks, Auburn has knocked off two top-ranked teams in Georgia and Alabama. That’s impressive. Beat Georgia again, and the Tigers will have a shot at a second national championship in eight years. But Georgia has had weeks to learn from its mistakes, and with running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel still a deadly combination, the Bulldogs likely will make life more difficult for Auburn than in the Tigers’ 40-17 win on November 11.
The health of Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson is important; he is the Tigers’ only real running threat but had to leave last Saturday’s Iron Bowl win over Alabama with a shoulder injury. He almost certainly will play, but how effective will he be? If Johnson is not playing at 100 percent, then Auburn must rely on RB Kam Martin and QB Jarrett Stidham to win the game.
Stidham is playing some of his best college football right now. In the Iron Bowl; he threw for 237 yards and rushed for a career -high 51 yards and a TD. Stidham has thrown for 2,682 yards and 16 TDs, along with 4 rushing TDs. Half of his stats have come in the month of November.
Georgia must find a way to get its rushing attack going. In the first game, Auburn was exceptional at controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. If the Bulldogs have not made the adjustments from the first game; it could be trouble.
Regardless of who is on the field for Auburn, Georgia must make things for uncomfortable for Stidham and try to capitalize on any mistakes from Auburn to win the game.
This game will be close. Georgia will have home field advantage in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It will be an intangible factor to shift this game in favor of Auburn or Georgia. Auburn is considered a 3-point favorite going into the game.