ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs are in position to reach all their goals. Assuming they don’t slip up in the Deep South’s oldest rivalry.

No. 5 Georgia (8-1, 6-1, No. 5 CFP) is a two-touchdown favorite for its 123rd meeting with Auburn, a team that has endured a disappointing season after starting out in the top 10.

If the Bulldogs can win their remaining regular-season games — after Auburn, they’ll be big favorites against UMass and Georgia Tech — it would set up a rematch with top-ranked Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game and a conduit to the College Football Playoff. A loss in any of its last three games and a CFP spot isn’t likely.

“We go at it even harder because we know we’ve got so much at stake,” Georgia offensive lineman Solomon Kindley said. “We know that they’re coming in here to try to ruin our season.”

The Tigers (6-3, 3-3, No. 24 CFP) are feeling more upbeat after rallying for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Texas A&M, their biggest win since a season-opening triumph over Washington.

 

RECORD IN REACH

Auburn’s Ryan Davis is on the cusp of becoming the top pass-catcher in school history.

The senior has 152 career receptions, leaving him one behind Courtney Taylor’s mark from 2003-06.

Davis has 128 receptions off throws from Jarrett Stidham, which makes them the second-most effective tandem in Auburn history. Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan connected with Terry Beasley on 140 completions from 1969-71.

 

DYNAMIC DUO

D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield are carrying on Georgia’s tradition of elite running backs .

After nagging injuries slowed his production much of the season, Swift is feeling better than he has since his dynamic freshman year. It sure showed last week when he ripped off 156 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 34-17 victory over Kentucky , clinching a second straight SEC East title for the Bulldogs.

Holyfield rushed for a career-best 115 yards against the Wildcats and leads the Bulldogs with 674 yards. Swift is right on his heels (622 yards).

 

RUNNING WOES

While Georgia’s ground game is humming, Auburn’s is a mess.

Four players have taken a shot as the No. 1 running back and the line has been shaky all season. The Tigers are coming off their worst showing of the season, gaining just 19 yards rushing in the victory over Texas A&M.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he can’t afford to abandon the running game against Georgia.

“The more talented teams that you play, the more important it is to be balanced,” he said.

 

CHANGE OF PACE

Jake Fromm unquestionably is Georgia’s top quarterback, but freshman Justin Fields has provided an effective weapon off the bench.

Fields is more of a dual threat than Fromm, which forces opposing defenses to worry more about containment than teeing off when the youngster’s on the field. He rushed for 26 yards on six carries against Kentucky, which also helped to open up things for Swift and Holyfield.