Georgia vs. Auburn: Bulldogs' BCS Bowl Game Hopes Get Huge Boost

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 10, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates following the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Georgia Bulldogs are now a virtual lock to appear in a BCS bowl game, and not that much has to happen for them to be a one-loss team in the national title game. 

The Bulldogs did what they could with a dominant 38-0 win over Auburn, and they got a little help from the teams around them—most notably from conference rival and national No. 1 Alabama, who fell to Texas A&M on Saturday.

Before we get into the external factors, let's take a look at what Georgia has ahead of them. 

With the win on Saturday, the Bulldogs improved to 9-1 and secured a berth in the SEC title game. That title game appearance will mean very little to them if they lose one of their next two. 

However, they will be big favorites over their next two opponents as they take care of state bragging rights against Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. That leaves them with the aforementioned SEC Championship Game.  

In all likelihood, that will come against Alabama. The Crimson Tide need just a win over Auburn to make it back to the conference title game, and if the Bulldogs want any shot at playing for the national title, they will have to win that one. 

They would also likely need two of the three undefeated teams ahead of them—Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame—to lose.

If that does happen, and Georgia runs the table, they will be in the title game. There is no one-loss team that will be able to leapfrog them, and at that point, Alabama would have two losses. 

And, if the Bulldogs beat Alabama, they will be in a BCS bowl game regardless of what happens. However, they will still have a strong shot even if they should lose that title game. 

Georgia, assuming they don't look terrible in loss, would not be hurt too badly in the polls by a loss to Alabama. If they win the next two, a loss to the Tide would give them just two on the season, and the Bulldogs would still easily be a Top 10 team and an attractive option for one of the at-large BCS bowl bids. 

There is still a lot of this season left to be written, but one thing is clear: the Bulldogs' position for postseason glory is improving by the week.