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D'Andre Swift had a huge game on Saturday.

Winners and losers from Georgia’s victory over Auburn

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Winners and Losers from Georgia’s win over Auburn

Winner: Georgia’s chances of beating Alabama

I know, I know. Alabama has looked unstoppable this season, and the Crimson Tide are coming off back-to-back shutouts over ranked teams. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, having tossed 28 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions this season. They’re the defending champions for a reason.

But Tagovailoa has been battling a knee injury, as he was unable to finish Saturday’s game against Mississippi State. But more importantly, Georgia has continued to look better and better each week.

Part of this is due to sophomore running back D’Andre Swift becoming the best running back in the SEC. He ran for 186 yards on Saturday against Auburn, as he topped 100 yards on the ground for the third straight game.  If he and Georgia— the Bulldogs ran for 303 yards on Saturday— are going to keep running the ball like this, they can beat anyone.

Related: D’Andre Swift lights up Sanford Stadium in fourth quarter

Also, Georgia sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm was once again money on third down Saturday. Though his stats weren’t overly impressive (13 of 20 for 193 yards, 2 touchdown and 1 interception) he was a huge reason Georgia went 8 of 14 on third down against Auburn. He’s playing much better than the quarterback we saw against LSU in October.

If Swift and Fromm continue to play and improve, Georgia might be the team best equipped to take down Alabama this year.

Loser: Fans of chaos

Part of what makes college football great are the upsets. Usually, there’s a couple of stunning upsets every season, like Purdue smashing Ohio State earlier this year, or Syracuse beating Clemson in 2017.

On Saturday though, there was none of that. Sure, Georgia fans are glad that the Bulldogs cruised to a 27-10 win over Auburn. But they’re probably not as happy about the fact that every team in the Top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings won on Saturday. All four teams that are ranked ahead of Georgia won by at least 20 points.

The nice thing for Georgia is that it doesn’t necessarily need the teams in front of them to lose. If Georgia wins out, and thus beats Alabama in the SEC Championship, it will go to the College Football Playoff. But the sport is a lot more enjoyable when Oklahoma State is able to upset No. 6 Oklahoma. Or if LSU finds a way to lose to a two-win Arkansas team. Hopefully, we see a few more of those results in the final few weeks of the season.

Winner: Terry Godwin, senior wide receiver

Terry Godwin hasn’t had the season many thought he was going to have. Part of that is due to the emergence of wide receivers Riley Ridley and Jeremiah Holloman. Another reason is because Georgia is the best rushing team in the SEC, and thus doesn’t need to throw the ball a whole lot.

But when Georgia does need to throw the football, it’s nice to know that it has got an incredibly dependable pass catcher in Godwin. Against Florida, he hauled in a touchdown that really broke the game open in the fourth quarter. He did that again on Saturday, as his 38-yard score just before halftime proved to be a demoralizing blow to Auburn.

Godwin lead Georgia in receiving against the Tigers, as he finished with 3 catches for 84 yards. It was the first time all season the senior wide receiver caught at least 3 passes in a game. He hasn’t been used often this year, but when he’s gotten the ball, he’s shown that he can certainly make a game-changing play.

Loser: Fans of Soulja Boy

We recapped last week how Soulja Boy’s 2007 hit “Crank That” had become a key part of this rivalry. Georgia first played the song back in 2007, a game that Georgia won. Auburn brought back the song last year, when the Tigers won in Jordan-Hare Stadium. So with the game returning to Sanford Stadium this year, many hoped Georgia would play the song, should it be given the opportunity.

And while Georgia led for the entire second half, the song never got played. Maybe if Georgia had been able to score in one of its goal-to-go situations, and thus had a much more comfortable margin, we would’ve heard the song. Or maybe if Rodrigo Blankenship had been able to hook up with Isaac Nauta on the fake field-goal attempt, we would’ve gotten to see the players dance like Knowshon Moreno and company did back during the 2007 win over Auburn.

But Georgia fans still had plenty to be entertained by on Saturday. A number of fan favorites were on hand for the game, including Moreno, Champ Bailey and Davin Bellamy. And the fans got to light up Sanford Stadium for the second time this season. Still, a fun environment would’ve been a little more fun if we had gotten to hear Soulja Boy on Saturday.

Winner: Eric Stokes, redshirt freshman cornerback

It’s been a trying season for freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell. Given that senior cornerback Deandre Baker is on the other side of the field, teams have frequently gone after Campbell. Auburn did so again early in the game, and it was able to draw another pass-interference penalty on the freshman corner. So after that play, Kirby Smart made a change and subbed in redshirt freshman Eric Stokes for Campbell. And Stokes rewarded Smart’s switch.

With Auburn leading 7-6 and looking to further its own lead, the Tigers had a key third-and-goal. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham had a man open in the endzone, but Stokes was able to stick his hand in there to break up the pass. Auburn settled for a field goal and then didn’t score the rest of the game.

Obviously, Stokes wasn’t the only reason the Georgia defense got better over the course of the game. But if Georgia is able to plug in someone like Stokes, it’s going to give the defense a better shot against Alabama. The Crimson Tide are loaded at wide receiver—as Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are capable of scoring on any play. Georgia is going to need both Stokes and Campbell to play well if the Bulldogs are going to come out on top in the SEC Championship game.

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