APTOPIX SEC Championship Football

Georgia's Malik Herring (10) and Michael Barnett (94) celebrate a blocked field goal against Auburn during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Atlanta.

AP photo by John Bazemore

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

Georgia is bound for the College Football Playoff after its 28-7 rout of Auburn. At least the Bulldogs should be. There’s still that pesky 40-17 rout at Auburn on Nov. 11, but at 12-1 with an SEC championship trophy in hand, it’s hard to imagine Georgia being left out. The Bulldogs entered the weekend at No. 6 in the CFP rankings, while Auburn was at No. 2. Alabama, No. 5 in the rankings, remains in limbo.

2. TRENDING NOW

The Georgia brand. It had been nine years since an SEC East team won the SEC Championship Game (Florida, 2008). But with a strong recruiting class, the Gators having just hired a new coach and fellow traditional eastern power Tennessee still looking amid an embarrassing search, Georgia is poised to be the team to beat in the division. LSU fans will get a first-hand look at the Bulldogs when they visit Tiger Stadium on Oct. 13.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

Now that Auburn’s playoff hopes are over at 10-3, it will be interesting to see if it will become the latest SEC school to look for a coach in 2018. Gus Malzahn said afterward he wants to be Auburn’s coach next season, but it’s expected that Arkansas will make a strong run at bringing Malzahn back to his native state. If that happens, it would tumble a lot of dominoes in the coaching search world.

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