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LSU Vs. Georgia, SEC Championship Game 2011: Can Sugar Fall Again?

The 2011 SEC Championship Game will pit Georgia against LSU in the Georgia Dome on Dec. 3.

The Georgia Bulldogs have a 2011 SEC Championship Game (CBS, 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 3) opponent: the LSU Tigers will make their first appearance in the Georgia Dome since last year's Chick-fil-A opener. The Tigers outlasted the Arkansas Razorbacks in Baton Rouge to clinch an unbeaten regular season and clinch the SEC Western Division for the fourth time.

This will be the third time UGA and LSU have played in the conference title game. They've split the Dome series -- the Tigers won in 2003, while the Dawgs won in 2005.

Georgia will be a significant underdog. The perception (and stats) show LSU to be the best and most-tested team in the country, and one capable of beating any team in any building. UGA has coasted, relatively speaking, through about the easiest SEC schedule possible, losing handily in their only game against legit top-10 competition.

But if the Bulldogs can pull out a win, they'll reach their first Sugar Bowl since '2007 and the fourth of Mark Richt's time in Athens. A loss would likely send them to the Capitol One or Outback. A LSU loss wouldn't necessarily knock them out of the national championship game, since Alabama and Oklahoma State each has a significant loss of its own.

For more on this game, visit Georgia blog Dawg Sports and LSU blog And The Valley Shook, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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