2002 SEC Championship Game

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For the SEC men's basketball championship, see 2003 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.
2002 SEC Championship Game
Conference Championship
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2002 SEC Championship logo.
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0 0 3 0 3
Georgia 17 0 6 7 30
Date December 7, 2002
Season 2002
Stadium Georgia Dome
Location Atlanta, Georgia
MVP RB Musa Smith, Georgia
Favorite Georgia by 8[1]
Referee Penn Wagers
Attendance 74,913
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Verne Lundquist play-by-play
Todd Blackledge color
Jill Arrington sideline
SEC Championship Game
 < 2001  2003
2002 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#3 Georgia x$   7 1         13 1  
Florida   6 2         8 5  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
South Carolina   3 5         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#11 Alabama   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3         9 5  
#14 Auburn x   5 3         9 4  
LSU x   5 3         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
Rankings from AP Poll


The 2002 SEC Championship Game was won by the Georgia Bulldogs 30-3 over the Arkansas Razorbacks. The game was played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on December 7, 2002 and was televised to a national audience on CBS.

The 2002 championship game was rare in the fact that team in first place in the Western Division did not play in the game. The Alabama Crimson Tide finished with the best SEC record in the Western Division, but could not participate in the conference championship game due to a NCAA probation stipulation which banned the team from any post season play. Instead, the Arkansas Razorbacks who finished in a three way tie for second represented the Western Division after winning the tie breaker over Auburn and LSU. This was not the first time the SEC West leader was excluded from the game. Auburn also finished atop the West in 1993, but was banned from post season play as well by NCAA probation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEC Championship History". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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