2002 SEC Championship Game
|2002 SEC Championship Game|
2002 SEC Championship logo.
|Date||December 7, 2002|
|MVP||RB Musa Smith, Georgia|
|Favorite||Georgia by 8|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Verne Lundquist play-by-play
Todd Blackledge color
Jill Arrington sideline
|2002 SEC football standings|
|No. 3 Georgia x$||7||–||1||13||–||1|
|No. 11 Alabama||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 14 Auburn x||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3|
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 unusual 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.
- "SEC Championship History". Retrieved 27 November 2012.