It was another busy Saturday in the world of college football, and it was highlighted by the Georgia Bulldogs hosting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in primetime. The Bulldogs were heavy favorites to win ahead of the game in Athens, a return match up from a couple of years ago, but they got stiffer resistance than many thought they would as they went on to win 23-17 and put themselves in a great position to make the College Football Playoff once again.
The Irish struck first when Ian Book threw to Cole Kmet from one yard out for a TD, but the Bulldogs stayed in the game and eventually overtook their visitors in the third quarter. In the fourth, it was Jake Fromm finding wide receiver Luke Cager consistently, ending with a touchdown, that put them in an unassailable 20-10 lead. From there, it was pretty much academic, although the Irish fought hard to get back in it. Georgia were not the only SEC school that got a big win over a ranked opponent on Saturday, though. The Auburn Tigers also collected one via a 28-20 win over Texas A&M. The Tigers had led as much as 21-3 at one point, but allowed the Aggies to nearly comeback in the end. Florida and LSU also rolled over Tennessee and Vanderbilt, respectively, as the SEC kept up what looks like a potential two-team playoff bid.