Alabama football wins SEC West, earns matchup with Georgia in SEC Championship game

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Finally. The matchup that's been talked about seemingly all season is official. 

No. 2 Alabama football won the SEC West on Saturday with a 42-victory over Arkansas, earning a trip to the SEC Championship Game for a matchup with No. 1 Georgia. 

The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will face each other at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 4. The game will be broadcast on CBS. 

The SEC West crown marks the ninth for Alabama under coach Nick Saban, who will once again face his former defensive coordinator, Georgia coach Kirby Smart. 

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The Crimson Tide has now won the SEC West three of the past four seasons and seven of the last 10. 

During Saban's tenure, Alabama has lost the SEC Championship Game only once, when Florida's Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer went on to win the national championship in 2008. 

Smart has yet to beat Saban since joining the Bulldogs in 2016, but this year might be his best chance with the No. 1 team in the country. Saban's Crimson Tide has defeated Smart's Bulldogs three times, once in the regular season, once in the SEC championship game in 2018 and once in the national championship.