ATHENS, Ga. -- With another state title safety tucked away, third-ranked Georgia can finally shift all its focus on college football's ultimate prize, the BCS championship.
No, the Bulldogs aren't there yet.
There's still the not-so-small matter of next week's SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome, but after Saturday's 42-10 thrashing of Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs (11-1) will have an opportunity to punch their ticket to Miami with a victory.
Georgia Tech (6-6) still has title hopes of its own, a conference crown the Yellow Jackets (6-6) will have a chance to win when they take on Florida State for in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C. next Saturday.
The Bulldogs, obviously, will be playing for a lot more.
Georgia, by winning the SEC title game, would earn a spot in the BCS title game for the first time since the championship format was established.
No doubt the Bulldogs would love a performance similar to one they offered Saturday against the Yellow Jackets, who had all sorts of issues trying to slow Georgia's offense.
Quarterback Aaron Murray was once against efficient, completing 14-of-17 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in going over the 3,000 yards for the third straight year, the first quarterback in SEC history to do so.
Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall also made their presence felt.
Gurley rushed 12 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 14 for the season and moving to within one of Herschel Walker's Georgia record of 15 for a freshman set in 1980.
Marshall picked up 66 yards on seven carries and adding touchdown runs of 15 and 17 yards.
David Sims rushed 14 times for 71 yards and scored Georgia Tech's only touchdown on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Georgia put its stamp on the game very early on en route to a 28-3 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs scored the first three times they touched the ball, getting two short touchdown runs by Gurley before Marshall scored from 16 yards early in the second quarter.
All Georgia Tech could muster in that time was a 38-yard field goal by Chris Tanner, although the Yellow Jackets did miss out on an early opportunity when Bulldog safety Bacarri Rambo stripped Robert Godhigh of the ball at the Bulldog one-yard-line and returned it 49 yards.
NOTES: Georgia Tech played Saturday's game without leading rusher Orwin Smith (75 rushes for 673 yards) because of a sprained ankle. ... Coach Mark Richt of Georgia is 11-1 against Georgia Tech in his 12 years with the Bulldogs. ... Georgia established a school record for points scored in a season with 460.