No. 11 LSU (9-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 14 College Football Playoff) vs. No. 1 Georgia (12-0, 8-0, No. 1 CFP), Saturday, 4 p.m. EST (CBS), Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta


Series record: LSU leads 18-13-1 including 5-1 at neutral sites.


Georgia is looking to protect its No. 1 CFP ranking, which would give the Bulldogs a preferable home-state Peach Bowl location in Atlanta for their semifinal playoff game. The defending national champion could lose to LSU and still make the four-team playoff. LSU wants to rebound from a 38-23 loss to Texas A&M in its regular-season finale. The Tigers are trying to become the first team to win an SEC championship game after losing three or more regular-season games since 2001, when LSU was 9-3 before beating Tennessee for the conference title. With a No. 14 CFP ranking, LSU would become the first SEC champion to not make the playoff.


LSU WR Malik Nabers vs. Georgia secondary: Nabers, a sophomore, had seven catches, matching his career high, in back-to-back games to close the regular season. Nabers had 198 receiving yards in that span and leads the Tigers with 58 receptions for 726 yards and a touchdown. Georgia’s defense leads the nation with 11.33 points allowed per game. Defensive backs Kelee Ringo, Kamari Lassiter and Javon Bullard will lead the Bulldogs’ pass defense against Nabers.


LSU: QB Jayden Daniels leads the team with 2,566 passing yards and 824 rushing yards — the second-most for a FBS quarterback. He was wearing a walking boot early this week after suffering a sprained ankle late in last week’s loss to Texas A&M. If healthy, Daniels’ dual-threat skills as a passer and runner are a major concern for Georgia’s defense. Georgia’s goal is to keep Daniels contained to the pocket, but the junior also is dangerous as a passer while throwing only two interceptions. LSU coach Brian Kelly said Daniels’ injury is not a high ankle sprain.

Georgia: RB Kenny McIntosh had game-leading totals of 86 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards in last week’s 37-14 win over Georgia Tech. McIntosh is the leader of a balanced running attack that finished the regular season strong. The Bulldogs ran for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games to gain momentum for the postseason. McIntosh leads the Bulldogs with 654 rushing yards and eight touchdowns and is third with 35 receptions for 437 yards and a score.


LSU is 3-1 against Georgia in the SEC championship game, including a 37-10 win in 2019. … LSU is 5-1 in SEC championship games, including a 34-14 loss to Georgia in 2005. Only Alabama (10) and Florida (seven) have won more SEC championship games. … LSU is trying to secure its 17th 10-win season and its first since its 15-0 national championship season in 2019. … Georgia is 3-6 in SEC championship games, including last year’s 41-24 loss to Alabama. The Bulldogs won the rematch in the national championship game. … Georgia’s senior class improved to 46-5 with last week’s 37-14 win over Georgia Tech, setting a school record for wins by a class. … QB Stetson Bennett is 26-3 as a starter. … Georgia coach Kirby Smart was LSU’s defensive backs coach in 2004.