Don't count Georgia out of SEC East race yet

The Georgia Bulldogs were left for dead.

Mark Richt’s squad endured a four-game losing streak that began with a loss in the second week of the season to SEC East rival South Carolina and culminated with a loss to Colorado. Yes, the same Colorado team that lost 52-7 to Cal and remains winless in the Big 12.

A.J. GreenICONThe return of A.J. Green has helped the Georgia offense.

But since that loss, Georgia has run off three straight victories. And suddenly the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party (yes, I will continue to refer to the game as such) next week against Florida means something in the division.

Richt’s bunch jumped on Kentucky early and scored a 44-31 victory Saturday night, and suddenly the Bulldogs may have revived their season after extreme fan unrest in Athens.

The return of A.J. Green from suspension has been huge. The wide receiver has 22 catches for 365 yards and 4 touchdowns in four games, especially big because it allows Kris Durham and Tavarres King to go back to being the No. 2 and No. 3 receivers — positions they can thrive at without the spotlight.

But most importantly for the Bulldogs, the running game is back in business. Washaun Ealey went off against the Wildcats, rushing for 157 yards and five touchdowns — a school-record for rushing scores.

With steady play from Aaron Murray under center, this is a dangerous offense.

Now, the Bulldogs need some help if they want to stake claim to the East division. They obviously need to take care of their own business, starting next week in Jacksonville. They also need the Gamecocks to lose twice because South Carolina owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over them.

As of now, South Carolina still remains in a great spot. But the Gamecocks have to play Tennessee and Arkansas at home and the Gators in Gainesville. We already saw them trip up at Kentucky, and we’ve seen some wild SEC contests thus far this season.

Could Georgia possibly get back in this East division race?

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