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College football schedule 2012: Dawgs, Jackets set for title games

Georgia and Georgia Tech will play for their respective conference championships Saturday.

Scott Cunningham

Georgia and Georgia Tech are set to compete for conference titles on Championship Saturday. The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets will play for the SEC and ACC championships, respectively.

Third-ranked Georgia (11-1, 7-1 SEC) takes on No. 2 Alabama at Atlanta's Georgia Dome in what is a de facto national semifinal. The winner of the game will be crowned as SEC champion and advance to play No. 1 Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game.

Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3 ACC) faces No. 10 Florida State in the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season tied with Miami for first place in the Coastal Division, and the Hurricanes held the head-to-head tiebreaker. However, Miami self-imposed a postseason ban, giving Tech the championship game berth. With a win, the Yellow Jackets will play in the Orange Bowl, but with a loss, they will have a losing record and be forced to petition the NCAA for a bowl waiver.

Georgia Southern (8-3) hosts Central Arkansas at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga., in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Should the Eagles come out on top, they'll advance to the quarterfinals and meet the winner of Old Dominion-Coastal Carolina.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Central Arkansas at Georgia Southern (FCS playoffs, second round), 2 p.m. ET

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Alabama (SEC Championship Game, at Atlanta), 4 pm. ET, CBS

Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 Florida State (ACC Championship Game, at Charlotte, N.C.), 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.