With all sorts of turmoil behind them, No. 1 Georgia left no doubt about the top team heading into the College Football Playoff.
Georgia leaned on its defense in winning its first national championship since 1980 last season.
Stetson Bennett threw for 289 yards and two TDs as Georgia stamped its return to No. 1 with a 55-0 rout of Vanderbilt.
Georgia moved up to No. 2 in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season.
Third-ranked Georgia made a statement that its offense is ready to take the lead.
Stetson Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns and Georgia's revamped defense didn’t miss a beat.
Georgia and Alabama could be heading for another showdown in the Southeastern Conference championship game.