AUBURN – No need for a prayer this time but we will need a new team atop the College Football Playoff rankings.
From immediately after Georgia’s first drive, Auburn completely dominated an undefeated Georgia team in a 40-17 victory in front of a passionately loud sellout Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd.
For the first time since 2013 when Ricardo Louis caught a tipped Hail Mary pass, Auburn defeated its neighboring rival giving the program its first win over a Top 5 ranked team in over three years.
The 23-point victory, which included 30 consecutive points from Auburn, guarantees a matchup with Alabama for the Western Division title of Southeastern Conference.
Two weeks from now the Iron Bowl will be winner-take-all for the first time since 2013 when thanks to a Kick Six from Chris Davis, Auburn played for a national championship.
Tigers coach Gus Malzahn, who came into this contest 1-7 all-time against Top 10 programs since 2014, practically guaranteed his job security for the following season by knocking off the team ranked No. 1 in the first two College Football Playoff rankings.
Auburn will likely move up from No. 10 in the playoff rankings as they attempt to be the first 2-loss program to make the four-team bracket since its inception in 2014.
Auburn (8-2, 6-1 in SEC) corralled the league’s best rushing attack Saturday while Tigers tailback Kerryon Johnson stated his case for player of the year votes with 167 yards on 32 carries.
Jarrett Stidham, who was brought to Auburn as a transfer from Baylor specifically to give the Tigers an edge in games like this, ended the evening with three total touchdowns as the sophomore found seven different targets in route to another efficient day behind center.
Georgia (9-1, 6-1 in SEC) was held to a season-low 46 rushing yards and its lowest total on the ground since it rushed for just 21 yards in a loss to Florida…