ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Alabama has the look of a national championship contender, racing to a 31-point halftime lead over third-ranked Georgia on the way to a decisive 41-30 victory Saturday night.
The Bulldogs became the third member of the top four to lose on a miserable week for ranked teams, while No. 8 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) figures to move up at least three or four places to its highest spot yet under second-year coach Nick Saban.
The first half was a stunner. John Parker Wilson threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones. Mark Ingram, Glenn Coffee and Roy Upchurch ran for scores. The Alabama defense stifled the penalty plagued Bulldogs.
Georgia (4-1, 1-1) closed to 31-17 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. But that wasn't nearly enough to stem the Tide.