The SEC Championship game has a long history of being one of the premier events in all of sports.
In honor of the upcoming game (which you can buy tickets to at mabtickets.com), here are the 5 most exciting SEC football championship games ranked from the past 24 years.
1. 2007: LSU 21, TENNESSEE 14
LSU took the lead on an 18-yard interception return with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and they picked off another pass by UT QB Erik Ainge to seal it late. LSU would go on to win the national championship that year.
2. 2006: FLORIDA 38, ARKANSAS 28
This game marked Florida’s first conference championship since the Steve Spurrier era. Three of the game’s touchdown passes were thrown by someone other than a quarterback, but the Gators managed to hold on for the win.
3. 1997: TENNESSEE 30, AUBURN 29
Under the guidance of senior QB Peyton Manning, Tennessee completed the comeback to give the Vols a 30-29 lead. The Vols would hold on, but they wouldn’t win the national championship until the following year.
4. 2008: FLORIDA 31, ALABAMA 20
With a spot in the national championship game on the line, Florida QB Tim Tebow guided No. 2 Florida to a 31-20 victory over No. 1 Alabama for the Gators’ third national title in 12 years.
5. 1996: FLORIDA 45, ALABAMA 30
Marking the final battle between two legendary coaches: Steve Spurrier of Florida and Gene Stallings of Alabama, Flordia took the win on their way to the national title. Florida QB Danny Wuerffel threw for over 400 yards and six TDs.