In the 2017 SEC Championship Game, the East champion Georgia defeated the West champion Auburn 28–7 in a rematch from three weeks prior where Auburn defeated Georgia 40–17. It was the first time since 2008 an East Division team won the SEC Championship.
Also on November 3, Alabama secured its spot in the title game by defeating LSU. This gave Alabama a two-game lead over LSU in the West Division, with the Crimson Tide holding the potential tiebreaker.
Georgia won its November 3 game against Kentucky, securing the East Division. While Georgia could have finished in a tie for the division title with any combination of Kentucky and Florida, Georgia also defeated Florida during the season, giving the Bulldogs all possible divisional tiebreakers. The Bulldogs ultimately won the East title by two games.
This match up will be the 69th all time meeting against the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs. They last played each other last season for the College Football Playoff National Championship . Alabama defeated Georgia, in overtime, 26–23. The win brought Alabama to its 17th National Title. After the January 8, 2018 match up, Alabama leads the all time series 39–25–4. This match up will be the first time since 2012, that the two teams face off in the conference title game.