Everyone at Swoozie’s was tuned in to the SEC and ACC Championship games this weekend! We’re excited to bring you our Week Fourteen report from our SEC, ACC, and Gridiron Belles Tailgate Tour correspondents.
SEC Updates – Week Fourteen
It looked like an upset in the making as the second quarter ended with the score of 10-7 for the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia fans were hopeful that the streak would continue, but Les Miles made the appropriate adjustments at halftime. LSU Tigers tamed the offensive attacks of the Bulldogs in the second half while their special teams made the difference in the ball game. Tyrann Mathieu ran for another 62 yard punt return for a touchdown then he followed it with a fumble recovery. Mathieu was responsible for most of the damage but the Tigers were successful on the ground by Alfred Blue who rushed eight times for 94 yards while Kenny Hilliard had 72 yards in eight carries. Michael Ford also rushed six times for 34 yards.
After the first quarter, the Georgia Bulldogs never made any progress in the game. Quarterback Aaron Murray completed 16 of 40 passes for only 163 yards, including two interceptions. He was so succumbed by the tight defense applied by the Tigers in the second half that he couldn’t find his receivers. LSU beat Georgia 42-10, securing the #1 spot in the BCS rankings and the chance to play for an undefeated season and the Title of National Champs against the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide.
Nine teams from the SEC will be appearing in eight bowl games!
Music City Bowl: Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m. ET
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Liberty Bowl: Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET
Auburn Tigers vs. Virginia Cavaliers
Gator Bowl: Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ET
Florida Gators vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Capitol One Bowl: Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ET
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Outback Bowl: Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ET
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Michigan State Spartans
Cotton Bowl: Jan. 6, 8 p.m. ET
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Kansas State Wildcats
BCS National Championship Game: Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET
LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
ACC Updates – Week Fourteen
Tailgating Highlights from Saturday: LSU vs UGA
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
What a season! Congratulations to LSU and UGA for making it to the SEC Championship.
The SEC championship, held in the GA Dome in Atlanta, GA, is not your typical Saturday in Dixie. Countless corporate sponsors and just as many parking lots surrounding the stadium don’t exactly create the down home feeling of North Campus (UGA tailgating hotspot) or the Indian Mounds (LSU tailgating hotspot).
Atlanta, however, does have the feel of Southern nostalgia. The SEC championship weekend creates an opportunity for loyal fans of both teams to dress to the nines and head to the big city, the capital of the South, for the important match-up of two SEC football traditions.
The pride of the South was ever so apparent by the city’s hospitality, the spirit of fans and the excitement that erupted inside the GA Dome as the finishing notes of the Star Spangled Banner were wrapping up to kick off the big game.
Each play on the gridiron was met with ecstatic adulation or deafening disappointment. Each fan in the stands was deeply invested in the outcome of the game. Each player in a jersey was well aware that playing for the SEC title game was perhaps his biggest honor in his collegiate athletic experience.
With the SEC being the greatest college football conference in the country, it comes as no surprise that two SEC powerhouses will be playing for the National Championship on January 9, 2011. I could get used to two SEC championships each year!
What’s that cheer they always say? “S-E-C!”
Xs and Os,