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Byrne bets on Bama in friendly wager with Georgia congressman

Congressmen Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and Drew Ferguson (R-Georgia) announced a friendly wager on the SEC Championship Game between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia. Ferguson is staking Chick-fil-a on a Bulldog victory, and Byrne is risking Alabama seafood for a Crimson Tide win.

Byrne and Ferguson had a similar wager during last year’s National Championship Game, with Byrne and the Crimson Tide coming out on top.

“There is no doubt Alabama is the powerhouse in the SEC this season. Time and again Alabama’s offense has rolled past team after team to secure a perfect 12-0 record,” Congressman Byrne said. “I expect that same focus, drive, and intensity against Georgia this Saturday. Nick Saban and Tua Tagovailoa will make it 13-0 against the Bulldogs, and I look forward to another delicious Chick-fil-a meal from my Georgia colleague.”

“I am confident this will be the year the student becomes the master and Kirby Smart leads the Dawgs to victory over Nick Saban and the Alabama team,” Congressman Ferguson said. “With phenomenal players like the Third District’s Terry Godwin, the Georgia Bulldogs are sure to win the SEC Championship and head to the playoffs. I look forward to enjoying some Alabama seafood to celebrate the win.”

Byrne is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, while Ferguson attended the University of Georgia before gaining early acceptance to the Medical College of Georgia.

The University of Georgia is the defending Southeast Conference champion. The Bulldogs defeated Auburn in the SEC Championship game last year. Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Alabama were then invited to the college football playoffs. Alabama and Georgia both won their semi finals games and met in the national championship game. Georgia dominated the first half of the NCG. In the second half, Alabama head coach Nick Saban benched star quarterback Jalen Hurts, in favor of talented freshman Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide back to tie up the game in regulation and threw the winning touchdown pass in overtime becoming an instant fan favorite.

This year the winner of the SEC Championship game will certainly be invited to the playoffs. Notre Dame is also in. Clemson will get a spot if they can win their Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game. Alabama is undefeated and could potentially qualify for the fourth and final spot if they were to lose the SEC Championship game to Georgia.

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Tagovailoa is a finalist for this year’s Heisman Trophy.

If the committee selects Alabama to go to the playoffs, it will be the fifth consecutive time that Alabama has earned a playoff berth.

Bradley Byrne represents Alabama’s First Congressional District.

The football game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. central time at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will be televised on most CBS stations.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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