Earlier this week, a friend of mine was surprised about how I was talking about this weekend's SEC Championship game. He asked me, "Isn't this game meaningless?" My response was quick and to the point, "Um, no."
I cannot get onboard with a conference title being meaningless. Not yet, at least (I'll save my feelings on the playoff expanding in 2024 for another day). I especially cannot get on board with this SEC Championship being meaningless for this Georgia team.
First of all, Georgia has a 3-6 record in the SEC Championship game. On top of that, Georgia has a 1-3 record against LSU in the SEC Championship Game.
SEC Championship Game aside, LSU is actually the first opponent Georgia has played this season that owns the all time series record (LSU holds an 18-13-1 record against Georgia all time).
You may say something like, "these players don't care about that history." Again, I think some do. Stetson Bennett threw a pass in the 2019 SEC Championship loss to LSU. Dom Blaylock caught a pass in that game. He tore his ACL on the same play. Nolan Smith recorded two tackles in that game. These seniors, the winningest class in the history of Georgia football, can avenge one of their worst losses.
Finally, this team can do something last year's team did not, win an SEC Championship. And if you don't think that's important, just ask Kirby Smart.
Edited by Jim Wood