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Basically, the Bulldogs need to beat Florida and hope No. 17 South Carolina loses two of its last three SEC games. That’s not out of the question, considering the Gamecocks still must host 19th-ranked Arkansas and go to the Swamp to face Florida.

Heck, Georgia could lose its final conference game against No. 3 Auburn and still win the East. If the Bulldogs finish in a three-win deadlock with South Carolina and Florida at 4-4, they would win a complicated tiebreaker that is based first on record within the division (that would eliminate the Gamecocks) and then goes to head-to-head results (that’s why this Saturday is vital to Georgia’s chances).

Amazingly, Florida is in even better position than Georgia. The Gators contol their own destiny, knowing that wins over Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina would send them back to the Dec. 4 title game at the Georgia Dome.

“It has a tremendous amount of meaning in the Eastern Division race, period,” Richt said. “If Florida wins out, Florida wins the East.”