Georgia Leads Auburn by 3: SEC Championship First Half Analysis

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Johnson was hit late by a Georgia defender on a questionable play going out of bounds, and many Auburn fans were irate.

The Bulldogs come into the championship game having just faced in-state rival Georgia Tech.

The victor is essentially guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Auburn rolled to a 40-17 win over Georgia on November 11, and Malzahn was prophetic at midfield during the traditional post-game coaches' handshake.

The Tigers opened their 2017 season on the right note, blowing out Georgia Southern thanks to 31 unanswered points. Since a dismal 9-of-26 passing performance at LSU, Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham has completed 72 percent of his passes (94 of 130) for 1,172 yards, with eight TDs and two INTs.

Jake Fromm would lead a 83-yard scoring drive to tie the game and swing momentum in Georgia's favor. On the ground, Nick Chubb rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown in 11 carries while Sony Michel added 21 yards in nine attempts.

Series record: Georgia leads 57-56-8. Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton have combined for 1,263 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Will Hastings has 20 receptions. Defensively, Auburn is allowing 16.4 points and 303.3 yards per game. They'll need some help from their offensive line, which must do a better job against a stellar Auburn front led by OLB/DE Jeff Holland.

The Tigers made it two straight conference blowout wins with a commanding 39-point victory over then-No. The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. There should also be a lot of Bulldogs' fans with this game taking place in Georgia. "We'll see happens", said Auburn Head Coach, Gus Malzahn. The Auburn Tigers have possibly the best front seven in the country right now, the ground game is almost unstoppable and Stidham has become a difference maker at the quarterback position.

The Auburn running back has been battling an injury leading up to Saturday's game. "But I'm flipped back to Auburn, getting them the second time around". The first being Auburn is the hottest team in college football in late November.

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