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2012 SEC Championship: Georgia knows they still have much work to do

The Georgia Bulldogs have wanted a shot at the national spotlight all season - now, they have it.

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

The Georgia Bulldogs dispatched of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 42-10, on Saturday and immediately began mentally preparing for their showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game on Saturday.

In what is essentially a national semifinal game, whoever wins the SEC is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the national title game to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Bulldogs have wanted this all season and are ready to put it all on the line in order to earn a spot in Miami.

"This is everything," senior linebacker Christian Robinson said. "This is everything we've set out since January to do. One game to win. It's that close."

Two 11-1 SEC powerhouses but one seems to have floated under the radar all season. With all the talk of the LSU Tigers, Florida Gators and the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs have almost quietly become one of the top teams in the country. A win Saturday makes them the team to talk about.

"It's a big-time game," said Georgia All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones. "Everybody in the nation is going to be tuned in to watch it."

The Bulldogs have not won a national title since 1980 while the Crimson Tide have won two of the past three. The Bulldogs want that trend to change and it starts on Saturday.

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