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Alabama vs. Georgia: Mark Richt talks tradition, importance of SEC title game

Since its formation in 1992, the SEC title game has become must-watch television for football fans across the country. Often, it's decided a place in the national championship game.

Kelly Lambert

Georgia head coach Mark Richt spoke to the media Tuesday to discuss his team's upcoming clash with Alabama in the SEC championship game. For all intents and purposes, Saturday's game is considered a playoff in the national title race. Barring a major surprise, the winner will face Notre Dame for the national title in January. Richt discussed the importance of Saturday's affair.

"Just look at our game, the ticket sales, and the people trying to get tickets," Richt told The Red and Black. "I was listening to the radio on the way in and somebody said that the cost of these tickets rival any BCS National Championship game."

This is Georgia's second-straight appearance in the SEC title game, which has been around since 1992. Richt highlighted the continued importance of the game as a credit to the SEC as a league.

There’s something about our league that’s special," Richt said. "If you win the Southeastern Conference, you’ve really done something special. When I came from Florida State to Georgia, that’s one of the things that I learned. Every victory is precious in this league."

No SEC victory would be more precious for the Bulldogs than an upset win over Alabama on Saturday.

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