Georgia and Auburn will be taking the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 2, for the SEC Championship Game.
About 800 miles west, TCU and Oklahoma will be wrapping up the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who previously coached on Alabama’s football staff from 2007 to 2015, isn’t the biggest fan of the setup at the stadium where the Big 12 champion will be crowned.
Smart mentioned during a news conference on Friday that AT&T Stadium can be overwhelming for teams that don’t frequently play in the 8-year-old venue — particularly with the massive, high-definition jumbotron hanging above the field.
Smart recalled the extra preparation the Crimson Tide faced in trips to Arlington — most recently in 2015 for both Week 1 and the College Football Playoff.
“I can remember my experience with Alabama going to Jerry Jones’ stadium. It was one of the only times that we went to the stadium before [a game] to get the large TV screen and ‘wow factor’ out of the way.”
AT&T Stadium’s jumbotron was the largest high-definition video display in the world at the time of the stadium’s opening in 2009.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened this season, features an even larger jumbotron — prompting Smart to recall his experiences in North Texas.
TCU is 2-1 at AT&T Stadium, most recently losing to LSU in 2013. Oklahoma is 1-2, most recently losing to Texas A&M in the 2013 Cotton Bowl.