The No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs played in college football’s biggest game for the second week in a row on Sept. 7. If the Bulldogs lost to the No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks like they lost to the Clemson Tigers on Aug 31, it would end their season for all real purposes. Yet the Bulldogs stayed in the SEC East and BCS title picture with a 41-30 win, while putting the Gamecocks down a peg.
South Carolina could have established itself as a top five program and a long term threat for the national championship. Now the Gamecocks and Bulldogs are in the same boat, with one early loss and a need to run the table to stay alive. But if they both go undefeated, Georgia will have the tiebreaker and win a third straight SEC East crown, which would give it a shot to barge into the BCS title game by upsetting the SEC West champion.
The Bulldogs will have a shot if Aaron Murray keeps doing what he did against the Gamecocks, as he threw four touchdowns after a week of criticism about his big game performances. While Georgia gave up over 30 points for the second week in a row, Murray outdueled South Carolina’s Connor Shaw the way he couldn’t against Clemson’s Tajh Boyd.
Murray and Georgia had the biggest win in Week 2 of the college football season, and made the most impact on the national title chase. The rest of Week 2’s big games didn’t do as much in the big picture, although one team put itself on the doorstep of the race, three ranked teams outside of the top 10 went down, one contender lost their leader and the biggest showdown of the season was completely set up.
Here is a list of the biggest results in college football on Sept. 7.