Kirby Smart: The SEC Championship Game is the Biggest Game in Football

December 1, 2019

ATHENS - This will be Kirby Smart’s eight SEC Championship Game as a coach. 

Needless to say that’s a lot of experience in the Dome in December. He said after the blowout win over Tech on Saturday that it is one of the biggest games in football. 

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“The SEC Championship is the greatest environment, maybe in all of football,” he said. “You can say the Super Bowl, but there is no greater passion for a game than any place in the country.”

Kirby has coached in five national championship games, and he put those behind the SEC Championship Game. 

“When you talk about LSU and the University of Georgia - it doesn’t matter who’s playing in the SEC Championship – and I’ve coached in a lot of big games in my lifetime. The SEC Championship is the greatest atmosphere with passion and energy, and I’ve been in a lot of them,’ he said. 

Georgia is set to take on No. 2 LSU in what is being made out to be a play-in game for the Bulldogs to get to the College Football Playoff. 

“You earn the opportunity to play in this game,” he said of the Dawgs winning the SEC East for the third year in a row. “People will talk about a lot of games outside this, and this being a de facto play-in game and all these different things. That’s what you come to Georgia for, we earned the right to be in it so we’re going to roll our helmets out there and give it the best shot we can.”

The Bulldogs are considered a 5-point underdog to LSU.

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