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    SEC Championship Game Divisional Scenarios

    SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DIVISIONAL SCENARIOS

    With four weeks remaining in the regular season, there are five teams with a mathematical chance of participating in the SEC Football Championship Game, Dec. 4 in Atlanta, Ga.  There are two from the Eastern Division - South Carolina and Florida and three from the Western Division - Auburn, Alabama and LSU.  Both spots in the game could be clinched this weekend.

    In the Eastern Division, the divisional representative well be determined this weekend when South Carolina visits Florida.  The winner of the game will be the Eastern Division champion outright and divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game.  

    In the Western Division, key matchups still remain among the three teams mathematically eligible for the divisional title.  

    Auburn can be the Western Division representative with a win over Georgia this weekend.  Auburn can lose to Georgia and defeat Alabama and will be the Western Division representative since it defeated the only team that could tie with it for the division - LSU - earlier in this season.

    LSU can be the Western Division representative if it wins the remainder of its conference games and Auburn falls to both Georgia and Alabama.  A second LSU loss this season would eliminate the Tigers from the SEC Championship Game race.

    Alabama can be the Western Division representative if it wins the remainder of its conference games, Auburn loses to Georgia (and Alabama) and LSU loses to either Ole Miss or Arkansas.  In this three-way tie at 6-2, the tie-breaker used would be (C).  Since all three-teams are 1-1 against each other, both Alabama and Auburn defeated Arkansas while LSU lost to Arkansas.  That would eliminate LSU and would then revert to head-to-head Alabama and Auburn, in which Alabama would have won the game.

    Alabama would also be the Western Division representative in a four-team tie-breaker between itself, Arkansas, Auburn and LSU (if it lost to Arkansas) at 6-2.  In the head-to-head against the four teams, Alabama and Auburn would be 2-1 (both defeated Arkansas, Alabama def. Auburn and Auburn defeated LSU; LSU lost to Arkansas and Auburn; Arkansas lost to Alabama and Auburn).  Alabama would then get the tie-breaker since it defeated Auburn.

    All teams tied for first in the division are declared co-champions.
     
    SEC DIVISIONAL TIE-BREAKER

    In the event of a tie for the division championship, the following procedures will be used to break all ties to determine the SEC Football Championship Game representative. All Conference versus Conference Games (both division and non-division) will be counted in the Conference Standings.

    Two-Team Tie.   In the event two teams are tied for a division title, the following procedure will be used in the following order:
     
    A.   Head-to-head competition between the two tied teams;
    B.   Records of the tied teams within the division;
    C.   Head-to-head competition against the team within the division with the best overall (divisional and non-divisional) Conference record, and proceeding through the division (multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last and a tie for first place will be broken before a tie for fourth place);
    D.   Overall record against non-divisional teams;
    E.   Combined record against all common non-divisional teams;
    F.   Record against the common non-divisional team with the best overall Conference record (divisional or non-divisional) and proceeding through other common non-divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division; and
    G.   The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game.

    Three-Team Tie (or more).  If three teams are tied for a division title, the following procedure will be used in the following order: (Note: If one of the procedures results in one team being eliminated and two remaining, the two-team tiebreaker procedure as stated in No. 1 above will be used):
     
    A.   Combined head to head record among the tied teams;
    B.    Record of the tied teams within the division;
    C.   Head to head competition against the team within the division with the best overall Conference record (divisional and non divisional) and proceeding through the division (multiple ties within the division will be broken from first to last and a tie for first place will be broken before a tie for fourth place);
    D.    Overall Conference record against non divisional teams;
    E.    Combined record against all common non divisional teams;
    F.     Record against the common non divisional team with the best overall Conference record (divisional and non divisional) and proceeding through other common non divisional teams based on their order of finish within their division; and
    G.    The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game, unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within five-or-fewer places of the highest-ranked tied team.  In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the SEC Championship Game.