Head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs Kirby Smart gets the swim of the victory B. (Photo: Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports)

There have been few weeks since Auburn dominated Georgia, in a 40-17 victory that had the Tigers fan base waiting for a rematch on Saturday in Atlanta – the first game was so good, it was logic, that it should be more of the same in the Southeast Conference championship game. [19659005] What a difference a few weeks can make. The second meeting between the two rivals was Georgia, with the Bulldogs putting the pincers on the explosive Auburn offensive and rookie quarterback Jake Fromm playing well past their years to capture a 28-7 victory and the SEC title.

With the victory, Georgia reserves its ticket to the university football tiebreaker, with the only question of the final seeding. Meanwhile, Auburn's defeat should send the Tigers to a New Year's bowl.

It was the kind of victory that says a lot about the Bulldogs' ability to win two more games and secure the first national championship of the program in decades.

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The defense was at its best against an offense and the scheme found easy sledding at home in early November. In the first meeting, Auburn accounted for 237 yards on the ground and 251 yards on the fly, averaging 6.87 yards per game. On Saturday, the Tigers had a total offense of 257 yards and committed two turnovers.

But the most positive aspect of the Bulldogs' triumph could be Fromm's game. The rookie played calm and confident under pressure, completing 16 pbades on 22 attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns. That's a big problem: Fromm is not your true freshman, as evidenced by his performance in Georgia's biggest game in years.

In total, the Bulldogs took a big step to be considered a team capable not only of reaching the Playoff but winning everything. The plan used against Auburn – control of the ball, defensively aggressive, balanced on offense but focused on the ground – will work against any opponent, especially those extended offensive opponents willing to join the Bulldogs on the four-team field.

Here are the rest of the winners and losers of the weekend:


Central Florida. The Knights completed one of the most important changes in NCAA history with a 62-55 overtime double against Memphis to claim the title of the American Athletic Conference and complete the undefeated regular season. In the modern era of college football, no program has gone from a regular season without victories to an undefeated one in such a short span (two years).

Oklahoma. The Sooners locked themselves in the Playoff with a 41-17 victory against TCU, the second time this season that Oklahoma has had little difficulty against the Horned Frogs. Still, you have the feeling that there is a pending issue for Baker Mayfield and this team, in a sense, claiming the title of the Big 12 Conference is just the beginning. Oklahoma is heading to the semifinals in a roll.

Florida Atlantic. Lane Kiffin and FAU captured the US Conference championship with a 41-17 victory over North Texas, the ninth consecutive win of the show since a surprising defeat at Buffalo in September. Even though he gets a lot more coverage for his tweets, Kiffin got the Owls moving from the start should remind people that it's more than just a lightning rod: Kiffin is a really good trainer.

Florida International. It was not covered much, with the success of Lane Kiffin in FAU, the great season of UCF, the return of Miami to the national map and the fights in Florida and Florida State, but FIU achieved its eighth victory by overtaking UMbad 63 -Four. Five. Regardless of the outcome of the Golden Panthers Bowl game, this was a very successful debut for Butch Davis and his team.

Southern California. The Trojans did their part to remain at least a small contender in the Playoff push with a 31-28 victory Friday night against Stanford to claim the title of the Pac-12 Conference. Yes, USC could look back on those two losses of the regular season and wonder what could have been. But the victory against the Cardinal still gives USC its first conference title since 2008, which in one respect represents an important marker for the program.

State of New Mexico: The Aggies triumph against South Alabama made them an eligible bowl, and it would be their first bowl game since … 1960. Yes, 1960. Long one of the teams weaker than college football, the bowl position of the State of New Mexico comes in its final season as part of the Sun Belt Conference. Starting next year, the Aggies will compete as independents, as will Notre Dame, Army and Brigham Young.


Central Florida. It may seem strange to include UCF as winner and loser, but it was not great news for the Knights. Second-year head coach Scott Frost goes to Nebraska, the school announced just after the game, marking the end of his fruitful and productive but quick stay in the program. Look for UCF to conduct a national search for your successor, and look for a number of talented coaches to throw their hats in the ring.

Helluva ride, Coach ✊ #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/ 0lDv3n04iq

– UCF Soccer (@UCF_Football) December 2, 2017

Stanford. They hung tighter with the USC in the rematch, a moral victory that means little consolation for David Shaw and the Cardinal. But with the loss, Stanford drops from a New Year's bowl to one of the bowl games that are not January for the Pac-12. In fact, Stanford could be behind Washington in the hierarchical order, based on the final rankings of the selection committee.

Florida. The Gators did not play this week, so we are extremely grateful. But it was still a day to forget: with the victory of the State of Florida against Louisiana-Monroe, the Gators are the only Football Bowl Subdivision team in the entire state that ends up out of the bowl competition.


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