We are a month into the 2017-2018 college football season and teams are starting to show their true colors. There are some that are living up to the preseason hype while others still lack an identity.
You can look no further than the SEC for an example of the clarity. We sit right now with only three SEC teams that have the potential to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff and they are the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, and the Auburn Tigers. The Crimson Tide is presumably the favorite but lets break down the other two and see who comes in second in terms of the SEC.
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The Georgia Bulldogs (5-0) have rose from #15 in the preseason AP rankings to currently #5 in the most recent polls. They are led by their stingy (Alabama-ish) defense and three headed rushing attack. It is eerie how much this team resembles the Crimson Tide attack. Even if the head coach Kirby Smart tries to deny it, the style of play is quite similar. From the heavily run centered offense to the business like approach on the defensive side of the ball. They are ranked #3 in the country in yards against per game nationally with only allowing an average of 244 yards per game and giving up an average of only 9 points per game to their opponents. Their offense does a great job at not putting their defense in bad situations by not turning the ball over.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 41-0 beat down of their rival Tennessee and travel to Vanderbilt to take on a Commodore team that has lost their last two games against Alabama and Florida. Georgia is currently a lock to represent the East in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
Auburn Tigers (4-1), the other team that has found their groove and is finally looking like the team that analyst stated would give the Tide a run for their money this year. The Tigers are riding high off their 49-10 manhandling of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. They came out of the gates a little slow this season, which produced some doubts among fans and experts. Unlike the Bulldogs, the Tigers do have a loss against the defending national champion in the Clemson Tigers on the road. Auburn has one of the best defenses in the nation. Their opponents average only 259 yards per game against them. The Tigers are currently the only Power 5 team to not give up more than 14 points in a single game so far. The biggest thing is that the high powered offense that was teased in the off-season is finally getting its footing. For the first time, they are averaging 50 points per game in SEC play.
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Georgia travels to Auburn on November 11th and they can settle it on the field, but for now: Let’s Debate! Tell me what you think! #HHSD
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Who do you think is the number two team in the conference behind Alabama? Georgia or Auburn?
[Polls Are Closed!!]
Georgia Bulldogs -Unanimously
Auburn Tigers -0%