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.