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SEC Football Standings 2012: Alabama tops Georgia for conference crown

The Alabama Crimson Tide are heading back to the National Championship game. They beat Georgia on Saturday for the SEC title.

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Alabama had been there before, so it was no surprise when they emerged victorious after a tough battle with Georgia in the SEC Championship game. The Crimson Tide will play for a National Championship once again, facing Notre Dame in January.

Alabama and Georgia each got to the conference title game with 7-1 league records, good for first in their respective divisions. Alabama finished ahead of LSU and Texas A&M in the West Division, and Georgia beat out Florida in the East, even though the Gators were also 7-1.

Missouri, meanwhile, finished 2-6, 5-7 overall, in its first season in the SEC. The Tigers' year is over, as they did not finish with the six wins required for bowl eligibility.

The top halves of each of the SEC's divisions are bowl eligible, however. South Carolina and Vanderbilt join Georgia and Florida in the East as teams that will play in a bowl game. In the West, LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are all eligible for the postseason.