Georgia Tech vs. Georgia: Bulldogs Hot Heading into SEC Championship Game

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 24, 2012

Alabama has stolen most of the headlines with its resurgence back into the No. 2 spot in the latest BCS standings, but it was the Georgia Bulldogs that punched their ticket to Atlanta first, and they will roll into the Georgia Dome as hot as any team in college football.

With a spot in the BCS National Championship Game on the line, that's a good place to be.

Georgia throttled Georgia Tech in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, 42-10, in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated.

Aaron Murray threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 163 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

It was the third time this month that Georgia has put together a complete game against a team from a BCS automatic qualifying conference. 

The running game, passing game and defense all have looked fast, physical and, most importantly, functional during the final month of the season. That consistency was noticeably absent in the first eight games of the season.

In other words, Georgia is dangerous and shouldn't be taken lightly by the Crimson Tide, who will represent the West with a win over intrastate rival Auburn on Saturday afternoon.

If the Bulldogs play the way they did in the final month of the season, not only can they topple the Tide and earn a trip to Miami Gardens, but they should.

Georgia is probably a hair behind Alabama when it comes to talent. But once linebacker Jarvis Jones came back from an ankle injury and safety Shawn Williams sparked the defense with comments to the media about the soft Bulldogs defense, they've played at a level that was expected of them all season long.

Meanwhile, Alabama's defense has been exposed a bit during the final month of the season, giving up 435 and 418 yards to LSU and Texas A&M, respectively, as opposed to the 198.7 yards per game it has given up on average in its other nine contests.

Georgia's offense—with Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall at running back, Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell at wide receiver and Aaron Murray at the helm—is loaded with talent and clicking on all cylinders. 

This SEC Championship Game has all of the makings of an instant classic.