SEC Championship Game announces new kickoff time for 2020
The SEC Championship Game is moving to primetime.
On Thursday, the SEC announced that this year’s conference championship game on Dec. 19 will kick off at 8 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on CBS. In previous seasons, the game typically started in the evening around 4 p.m. ET.
It makes sense that the SEC title game would get this later slot, as it usually features two of the top teams in the country and provides exciting action. In the past three years, the title game has featured a pair of teams that were both ranked in the top six in the AP Top 25 poll.
Alabama has had the most success in the SEC Championship Game in recent years, winning the title in four of the past six seasons. The Crimson Tide could be on their way back to the contest after missing out last year, as they’re off to a 5-0 start and are the favorites in the SEC West.
In the SEC East, Georgia (3-1) and Florida (2-1) are the likely favorites to reach the title game. The Bulldogs are looking to play in the SEC Championship Game for the fourth straight season, while the Gators last reached it in 2016.
Last year, LSU won the SEC title with a 37-10 win over Georgia. However, the Tigers have had some struggles this season during their 2-2 start, so they have some work to do if they want to have a chance to defend their championship.