2013 SEC Football Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA. The kicking off time is at 4:00 p.m ET. Get your 2013 SEC Football tickets here:
The SEC Championship Game refers to the game that determines the Southeastern Conference's football champion. The championship game pits the top team from the SEC Western Division against the top team from the SEC Eastern Division. The game is held the Saturday after the regular season is completed. The winner gets an automatic bid to a BCS bowl (and the past 4 years to the BCS Championship Game)!!
Currently, nine of the twelve SEC members have played in the Championship. Only Ole Miss has failed to reach the game from the West. In 2003, the Rebels were tied for first in the western division with LSU but lost the head-to-head match up in Oxford, so LSU played in the SEC Championship Game. Kentucky and Vanderbilt have never made it to the top from the East. South Carolina just made it for the first time in 2010, losing to Auburn. The Eastern division holds an advantage in the game over the Western division, 11-8 overall.
The SEC Championship Game is one of the premier events in college football. In 2009 it was amazing as undefeated Florida and undefeated Alabama faced off against each other. Here was a preview: 2009 SEC Football Championship Game Preview.
Fans from the SEC will tell you that it is really almost as great an accomplishment to win an SEC Championship, as it is to win a National Championship. The reason is that the SEC is loaded with great college football teams. So if you were good enough to get to the top of the heap in the SEC, then you are one of the elite teams in all of NCAA football.
This year the game was held on Saturday, December 4, 2010, again at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Here's a funny SEC Championship Game story about it.
Also, if you do plan to go to one of these games, please check out our travel tips at Atlanta - Georgia Dome Trip.
The SEC was established in December 1932, when the 13 members of the Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains left to form their own conference. Ten of the thirteen charter members have remained in the conference since its inception. They are University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, and Vanderbilt University. The other charter members were: Sewanee (Left the SEC in 1940), Georgia Tech (Left the SEC in 1964), and Tulane (Left the SEC in 1966).
The SEC expanded from ten to twelve members in 1991 with the addition of the University of Arkansas from the Southwest Conference and the University of South Carolina from the independent ranks in football and the Metro Conference in other sports (except men's soccer, where it stayed with the Metro for two years; after the disbandment of the Metro, it was independent until joining Conference USA for soccer in 2005).
In 1992, the SEC adopted the divisional setup that exists today. Also in 1992, the SEC was the first conference to receive permission from the NCAA to conduct an annual championship game in football, featuring the winners of the conference's eastern and western divisions. It was held at Birmingham's Legion Field the first two years and at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta thereafter. If planning a trip to the game, check out Georgia Dome Trip.
Below is a list of results in each SEC Football Championship Game, which started in 1992.