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BCS standings set-up semifinal in SEC title game

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban leads his team onto the field prior to their NCAA college football game against Auburn at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Alabama coach Nick Saban leads his team onto the field prior to their NCAA college football game against Auburn at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Georgia head coach Mark Richt argues with an official during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

    Georgia head coach Mark Richt argues with an official during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban leads his team onto the field prior to their NCAA college football game against Auburn at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
  • Georgia head coach Mark Richt argues with an official during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

SEC semifinal

Two years before the playoffs start in college football, the Southeastern Conference is staging a semifinal to determine who plays Notre Dame in the BCS title game.

Alabama was second and Georgia third in the BCS standings released yesterday. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs play Saturday in Atlanta for the SEC championship.

The winner will advance to the national championship game in Miami on Jan. 7 against the Fighting Irish, who locked up their spot Saturday with a 22-13 victory against Southern California.

Florida (11-1) is fourth in the standings, but with no games left, looks stuck behind its SEC rivals.

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