SEC football 2021: Best and worst of season's first half includes some surprises

AP photo by Michael Chubb / Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops, center, slaps hands with rapper Waka Flocka Flame, left, after the Wildcats beat Florida on Oct. 2 in Lexington, Ky.

Alabama and Georgia could be heading for another showdown in Atlanta.

Eight of the past nine Southeastern Conference football title games have included either the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs or both. Halfway through this season, Alabama and Georgia are on course to battle one another for the championship for the third time since 2012.

Coach Kirby Smart's unbeaten Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 SEC) sit atop the AP Top 25 and are in control of the league's East Division despite not having their top quarterback for several games this season, while Alabama (6-1, 3-1) is ranked fourth and - as so often has been the case in the Nick Saban era - holds pole position in the West Division.

There also have been some compelling developments for No.