Alabama Claims SEC West with Auburn loss to Georgia

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ( So much for the Iron Bowl deciding the SEC West.

Alabama clinched its third straight trip to the league title game when No. 9 Auburn was upset 13-7 at Georgia. It gave the Tigers two conference losses entering the Nov. 26 trip to Tuscaloosa to face unbeaten Alabama.

There was an Alabama theme to Saturday's upset in Athens. Former Tide defensive back Maurice Smith's interception return tied the game at 7-7 in the third quarter. And the Bulldogs are coached by ex-Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

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