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SEC football championship game is set: It's Georgia vs. LSU in Atlanta

Marc Weiszer
Athens Banner-Herald
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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and Georgia coach Kirby Smart shake hands before kickoff of a NCAA football game between Georgia and Notre Dame in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. [Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald]

LSU became the first SEC team to officially clinch its spot in the SEC championship game on Saturday.

Georgia will join them in Atlanta in the Dec. 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium after beating Mississippi State Saturday night 45-19.

The Tigers knocked off Arkansas 13-10 and Alabama’s 30-24 win at Ole Miss sent LSU to the championship game.

LSU was picked in the preseason to finish fifth in the SEC West, but are now 8-2 under first-year coach Brian Kelly and entered the weekend No. 7 in the College Football Playoff Rankings.

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Georgia, which is 10-0 and 7-0 in the SEC, and LSU will meet for the fifth time in the SEC title game. The Tigers won 37-10 in 2019, 42-10 in 2011 and 34-13 in 2003. Georgia won 34-14 in 2005.

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Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is 2-0 against Kelly, both when Kelly was at Notre Dame in wins in 2019 (23-17) and 2017 (20-19).

Kickoff for the SEC championship game is set for 4 p.m. on CBS Sports.

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