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Deep South's Oldest Rivalry equals SEC Championship Game

The Bulldogs and Tigers will meet for the 2017 SEC Championship and a spot in the final College Football Playoff. NewsChannel 9 will have in stadium coverage for you.

NewsChannel 9 Sports is going to Atlanta for full coverage of the SEC Championship Game.

The rematch of Georgia and Auburn - the deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

It should be a good game.

Georgia (11-1) comes in as winners of a weak SEC East.

Auburn (10-2) makes its way to Atlanta as winners of the SEC West after Saturday's 26-14 defeat of then #1 Alabama.

The Tigers also knocked off Georgia 40-17 when the Bulldogs were #1.

Auburn manhandled Georgia three weeks ago in that game.

This game will be decided in the trenches and by the level of physicality. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been impressed with his defensive line, which has in fact been very disruptive in recent games. "If you can control the line of scrimmage and put pressure on the quarterback, that's as good as it gets. You know, we're going to have to do that again this week because like I said, they're very very talented," Malzahn said.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was asked Monday about any "revenge" factor. "Unless that fires you up pregame and that gets you all excited. But when toe meets leather, it's about striking people, it's about hat speed, it's about blocking, tackling, it's about having composure, it's about having discipline and it really doesn't revert back to who won the previous game," Smart said.

Sports director Dave Staley will be inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

At 6:00pm Saturday, he will have analysis on the first half and a comprehensive report at 10:00 and 11:00pm.

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