The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a huge win on Saturday afternoon, heading into Williams-Brice Stadium and beating the South Carolina Gamecocks 41-17.

For a game that was supposed to have major SEC East title implications, it was all Georgia in the third quarter and on.

Following the statement victory, ESPN host Paul Finebaum appeared on Sunday morning’s edition of SportsCenter and praise the program Kirby Smart has put together in Athens (via 247Sports):

“I was in Columbia Friday night and ran into some Georgia fans and and they were nervous,” Finebaum said. “We’ve seen this before under Mark Richt they said, but Kirby Smart is not Mark Richt. This is a different program.

“They do have a few challenges left though with road games at Kentucky and Missouri, we’ll talk about those teams later and they also deal with Auburn, but this Georgia team believes in the upper echelon in college football because of Kirby Smart and mostly because of his recruiting.”

Indeed, the Dawgs looked like a team that should cruise to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game, but they can’t get complacent now.

There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s OK to be feeling confident in the Bulldogs, especially after Saturday afternoon’s showing.