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UGA Impresses Ahead of SEC Championship Game

By BJ Bennett
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Since losing to Auburn, the Bulldogs have defeated Kentucky and Georgia Tech by a combined margin of 80-20.

After a disappointing performance at Auburn a few weeks ago, Georgia has clearly bounced back. The Bulldogs, entering the SEC Championship Game, look the part of a leading College Football Playoff contender. Georgia now has a chance to play its way into the final four next Saturday. Since losing to the Tigers, the Bulldogs have defeated Kentucky and Georgia Tech, one team that beat Georgia last season and another that came real close, by a combined margin of 80-20.

After four straight games in Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate being decided by seven points or less, with two contests going into overtime, there was never any doubt for the red-and-black on Saturday; the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Yellow Jackets 38-7, scoring 24 unanswered points to finish the afternoon with an exclamation point.

On rivalry weekend, Georgia saved one of its best performances for last. The Bulldogs were balanced and efficient, exemplifying their season-long script to near-perfection. Georgia rushed for 247 yards, threw for 224 yards, was 6-for-9 on third down tries, had just two penalties and did not commit a turnover. Quarterback Jake Fromm averaged 14 yards per pass attempt on 12-of-16 throws, while Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and DeAndre Swift each rushed for touchdowns. Defensively,the Bulldogs gave up merely four runs of ten yards or more.

The last time Georgia defeated Georgia Tech convincingly was a 42-10 victory in 2012; that win was the precursor to the most-dramatic SEC Championship Game ever. The last time the Bulldogs scored at least 38 points and held their opponent to less than 14 in consecutive games was 2002; that year Georgia won its first SEC Championship Game ever. Since the Auburn game, the Bulldogs are peaking at the right time.   

Georgia's final regular season resume is an impressive one: 11-1, with triumphs over nationally-ranked Mississippi State and Notre Dame. Up next for the Bulldogs is a winner-take-all showdown on one of college football's biggest stages. As the past two contests have shown, the upcoming moment is one Georgia will be ready for.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports