College football winners and losers: Georgia gets back to being Georgia

Georgia got back to being Georgia in the second half of the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party on Saturday, and that was more than enough to brush aside Florida, 36-17, and remain in the national title hunt.

The Bulldogs had two weeks to ponder an ugly loss at Louisiana State, two weeks to consider how their wiggle room in chasing a second consecutive playoff berth was gone. Then, on Saturday, they had a little more than a half of Florida hanging around. The Gators even snagged a 14-13 lead on the first possession of the third quarter.

And from there? Running back D’Andre Swift had six carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jake Fromm was 9 of 13 for 143 yards and two scores. The Bulldog defense surrendered just four more first downs and allowed the Gators to run just four more plays inside Georgia territory.
The outcome reflects that even with identical records entering the day, Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) remains well ahead of the Gators (6-2, 4-2) for the time being. Given some time, first-year Coach Dan Mullen can change that. He’s already got Florida well past its 4-7 record from a year ago.
For the moment, Georgia is the SEC East power best equipped to make a run at a playoff berth. The loss at LSU exposed some of Georgia’s defensive limitations, something Florida wasn’t as effective at exploiting (though the Gators rushed for 170 yards at 4.6 yards an attempt).

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