Georgia got it done, winning the rematch over Auburn to take the SEC Championship.
Game Preview & Prediction
Final Score: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
Prediction: Georgia 27, Auburn 23
Line: Auburn -2, o/u: 48
5. Neither team was quite right
Yeah, everyone’s banged up at this point, but this wasn’t nearly the same Auburn team that rocked the Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare a few weeks ago, and it was hardly the same squad that rolled the Tide last week.
Kerryon Johnson was the obvious issue. He gutted it out for 44 yards on 13 carries, giving it a shot with his injured shoulder, but not being able to do enough.
Sony Michel was banged up for Georgia, but it didn’t matter as much.
Both teams didn’t look like themselves in a war of attrition. The effort was there and the energy wasn’t a problem, but both teams looked a bit beaten up. Watch out to see how Georgia looks with a few weeks to rest up.
4. Jake Fromm’s revenge
Fromm struggled in the first go-round, hitting just 13-of-28 passes for 184 yards and a score in the Auburn loss – it was the only game he hit fewer than half of his passes.
The running game was working this time around, he got more time to work, and boom – 16-of-22 passes for 183 yards and two scores. He doesn’t have to carry the team, but as long as he’s keeping the chains moving and making the throws that are there, even if the third down plays weren’t there, the O was fine.
3. The Georgia O line’s revenge
Auburn got two sacks and four tackles for loss, but this was a pride day for the Georgia offensive front. It couldn’t generate any sort of a push the first time around, and the backs didn’t have any room to move. But from the start, this was different.
The Georgia offensive front provided a push on its opening drive, and it kept on producing from there. The Bulldogs ran for just 46 yards in Jordan-Hare – two Bulldogs ran for more than that.
Georgia finished with 238 yards and close to 5.8 yards per carry with a score. Sony Michel ran for 45 yards before getting hurt, Nick Chubb tore off a nice run on the way to 77 yards, and D’Andre Swift ran for 88 yards and a score. It all means the offense held the ball for over 33 minutes, and it all meant a different game.
2. The Roquan Smith show
If that wasn’t the Butkus winner you just saw, that’s the No. 2 guy on the list.
He was the star of the show early on, and he kept on terrorizing Auburn all game long, finishing with a game-high 13 tackles with a sack, two tackles for loss and two hurries.
Granted, again, Johnson wasn’t right, but Smith was bothering Jarrett Stidham just enough, and he was in on just about everything big as the star of the fantastic defensive effort. And now …
1. No. 1 or No. 2?
Where will Georgia be ranked? With Clemson rocking Miami, it’ll probably be No. 1 considering its resume and for all the reasons it was ranked in the top spot in the next-to-last ranking. Why does this matter? The Dawgs will likely go to the Rose Bowl instead of the Sugar, and they’ll likely face Oklahoma instead of Ohio State.
Like Georgia cares. It’s in the College Football Playoff. It’s the SEC Champion. It got the job done.