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Forget everything you learned a week ago. Georgia and Auburn certainly did.

Just don’t forget history.

In a dominant performance between the hedges, Georgia defeated Auburn 27-6 on Saturday night. Shedding a shaky opening-game performance, Georgia returned to being Georgia, while beating the Tigers for the 13th time in the last 16 meetings.

Georgia’s shaky quarterback situation, so evident against Arkansas? ‘Twas a mirage.

Stetson Bennett IV, with a name straight out of central casting (for a soap opera), was fourth on the Georgia depth chart weeks ago. He’s now first in the heart of ‘Dawg fans everywhere. A week after leading an unlikely comeback against the Razorbacks, he set the tone in a dismantling of the Auburn defense.

A Georgia defense that was allegedly one of the nation’s best — before an uninspiring opener — looked the part against the Tigers. Georgia swarmed, left little room to run and put the clamps on Auburn’s passing game, a week after the Tigers’ own breakout performance.

As for Auburn, it’s back to work after its second straight game against a ranked foe.

A revamped offensive line that lost critical time when spring practice was canceled is a work in progress. Ditto, adjusting to coordinator Chad Morris’ new offense. The Bo Nix of opening week returned to some bad habits, including a lack of patience in the pocket and trying to force the issue.

Two weeks in, it’s much too early to write the Tigers off. The problem: with 10 conference games in 11 weeks, there aren’t any additional mulligans.

Things went awry from the get-go Saturday night. Defensive back Smoke Monday was ejected fewer than three minutes in for targeting, leaving an Auburn secondary vulnerable.

Bennett took advantage, leading Georgia to scores on its next four possessions. Before you could flip the dial to another game, Georgia led 24-0.

Georgia found a go-to receiver named Kearis Jackson, as well as the latest potential member of the storied Running Back U line. Zamir White scored twice as the Bulldogs rolled to the early lead.

Kevin Steele’s defense adjusted. But the fast start was too much to chase down.

Bennett isn’t the second coming of Matthew Stafford. He may not even hold off USC transfer J.T. Daniels long term. But Bennett has a subtle swagger. He earned that, by walking on, transferring to a junior college for seasoning, then returning as a scholarship player.

Bennett’s a bona fide feel-good story.

But Auburn’s story is far from written. Nothing new for Gus Malzahn. Put this one in the rearview mirror and move ahead.

We’ve already learned, last week was fool’s gold. By the end of the season, the night of Oct. 3 could be, too.

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This article originally ran on annistonstar.com.

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