This is my 13th SEC Championship Game and I can’t wait just because the atmosphere is so amazing.
This is also the 20th SEC title game and in 12 of them a team came to Atlanta with a chance to win a national title.
Actually, there were three other times there was an outside chance for an SEC team:
1994: Alabama was unbeaten and ranked third before Florida nipped the Tide 24-23.
1997: Tennessee was ranked third and went to the the Orange Bowl but was hammered by No. 2 Nebraska. Michigan won the title.
2004: Auburn was unbeaten and ranked third but didn’t get a shot.
The games with a shot on the line:
1992: Alabama beat Florida and won the NC.
1995: Florida won and played for he NC.
1996: Florida won the NC.
1998: Tennessee won the NC.
2001: Tennessee would have gone to the Rose Bowl with a win but lost to LSU.
2003: LSU won the NC.
2006: Florida won the NC.
2007: LSU won the NC.
2008: Florida won the NC.
2009: Alabama won the NC.
2010: Auburn won the NC.
2011: LSU can win the NC.
Here are the number of appearances in the big game:
Florida — 10.
Alabama — 7.
Tennessee — 5.
LSU — 5.
Auburn — 4.
Georgia — 4.
Arkansas — 3.
Mississippi State — 1.
South Carolina — 1.
Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt have yet to make it.