College football won't have a four-team playoff in place for another two years, but Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta will have the same impact as a national semifinal.
Sunday's penultimate BCS standings confirmed that the winner between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will earn a spot in the Jan. 7 national championship game opposite Notre Dame, which clinched the top position and capped off a 12-0 season with a 22-13 victory at Southern Cal.
This will be the seventh consecutive year the winner of the SEC championship game qualifies for the national title game. With No. 4 Florida locked in at 11-1 and ranked No. 2 in five of the six computer formulas, it would be impossible at this point for No. 5 Oregon, which didn't qualify for the Pac-12 championship game, to pass the Gators. No. 6 Kansas State will try to clinch the Big 12 championship Saturday against Texas.