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SEC Championship to air in prime time on WVLT

The SEC West has owned the championship game for over a decade
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, the SEC logo is displayed on the field ahead of the...
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, the SEC logo is displayed on the field ahead of the Southeastern Conference championship football game between Alabama and Missouri in Atlanta. The Southeastern Conference will play only league games in 2020 to deal with potential COVID-19 disruptions, a decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)(John Bazemore | AP)
Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 3:33 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For the first time in nearly 20 years, the SEC Championship will be played in prime time.

The Southeastern Conference announced Thursday afternoon that the league’s football championship game will kick off at 8 p.m. from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on December 19th.

The 2020 game will be the first time that it won’t be held on the first Saturday in December since 2001, when it was moved back one week due to the cancelations caused by the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The SEC West has owned the championship game for over a decade. A team from the west division has won the conference 10 of the last 11 years, with Georgia’s 2017 title being the only exception.

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