No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama seem destined to meet in the 2017 SEC Championship Game, and most people that know recent SEC history are aware that Alabama has had the number of every team in the SEC, including the Bulldogs.
So when was the last time Georgia actually came out on top in this matchup? The two teams have only faced off four times since 2005, with Alabama winning the three most recent games, including the 2012 SEC Championship Game where Georgia fell just short of an upset and a likely trip to the BCS Championship Game.
However, Georgia win the 2007 game between the two teams, which goes back to Nick Saban’s first season in Tuscaloosa.
Both teams were ranked at the time, with the No. 16 Bulldogs (2-1) making the trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium to face the 3-0 and No. 22 Crimson Tide. The game was an instant classic, with Alabama mounting a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
However, Georgia would prove to be the team that would be victorious, with sophomore quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing a 25-yard touchdown on Georgia’s first possession of overtime — Alabama only managing a field goal — to win the game.
Georgia would go on to finish the season with an 11-2 record, barely missing out on the BCS Championship Game that year between LSU and Ohio State. LSU won that game to take the national title, while Georgia finished the season as the No. 2 team in the AP Poll.
Georgia would famously start the 2008 season as the No. 1 team in the preseason AP Poll, and suffered their first defeat of the year on Sept. 27 in Athens… to No. 8 Alabama in the infamous “blackout” game. While the final score of that game would end up at 41-30 in favor of Alabama, the Crimson Tide memorably jumped out to a 31-0 lead at halftime to silence the raucous crowd in Athens.