Fans going to Atlanta are reminded by the SEC to be careful when purchasing championship game tickets on the secondary market. As usual, the title game at the Georgia Dome is a sellout. Counterfeit tickets are out there and will not be honored. When buying tickets on the secondary market, fans are advised to look for the authentic SEC holographic foil on several locations of the tickets. Two strips of the foil are located at the top of the ticket. The championship game logo in the middle of the ticket also contains the foil. Within the foil, the SEC circle logo and the words "Southeastern Conference" should be visible to the human eye when rotating the ticket back and forth. The SEC and Georgia Dome are offering a "Ticket Validation Window" at the main box office beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Maybe the most important play in Alabama's 49-0 win over Auburn came early in the third quarter. Lined up at the Tigers' 38, AJ McCarron threw deep to receiver Kevin Norwood, who had a couple of steps on an Auburn defensive back. Norwood made the catch in stride and rolled into the end zone for a touchdown. With speedy receiver Kenny Bell out with a broken leg suffered against Auburn, Alabama could use another deep threat to go along with freshman Amari Cooper, and Norwood showed ont hat play he's healthy and ready to provide one. Since the third game of the season, Norwood has struggled with a leg injury he said he doesn't know precisely how he hurt. But in the week leading up to Saturday's win over Auburn, he was able to work out every day. On Saturday, he caught five passes for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Tigers.
If it were up to Alabama coach Nick Saban, the loser of Saturday's SEC championship between his second-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 3 Georgia would be headed to a BCS bowl game. But with the way things will probably shake out, No. 4 Florida, which has beaten four top-10 BCS schools this season, is likely headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, while Saturday's loser will probably fall to the Capital One Bowl. "It's not really a great scenario," Saban said on Sunday. "You play your way into the [SEC] championship game, which means you're the best team in your division. ... It doesn't seem quite right, but it is what it is. I don't really know what me commenting about it is going to do to change it. But I don't feel good about it." Florida coach Will Muschamp, a former Saban assistant, has a solution. "Well, I can switch and go to Atlanta if he doesn't want to go to Atlanta and play the Dawgs," Muschamp said Monday. "Be careful what you ask for, Nick."
Does anyone expect a lot of finger-pointing this week? After all, Georgia never offered a scholarship to an in-state player who has been a member of two national championship teams at Alabama. But that happens in recruiting.
When you talk about the ongoing searches at Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee a number of the same names keep popping up. Yesterday, the men behind some of those names tried to prevent further popping.Examples:
Both teams are pretty much even athletically, and it could come down to the better coach and game planner in preparation for this national semifinal game. Nick Saban or Mark Richt – who are you taking?