By PAUL NEWBERRY (AP Sports Writer)
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – When Mark Richt’s coaching future looked bleakest, he relied on his religious faith to carry him through.

Meanwhile, his Georgia players took care of business on the field.

The No. 14 Bulldogs have won seven in a row, their longest streak within a season since 2002. The surge has carried Georgia to the brink of the Southeastern Conference championship game and calmed all the talk between the hedges – at least for now – about an imminent coaching change.

“We’ve had dreams and aspirations ever since January to make it to Atlanta for the SEC championship game,” said quarterback Aaron Murray, who is closing in on the school record for touchdown passes in a season. “Right now, we have that opportunity. We’re definitely stoked about that.”

Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC) can clinch its first division title in six years with wins Saturday over No. 24 Auburn and the following week against Kentucky — quite a comeback from the first losing record of Richt’s 11-year coaching tenure and an 0-2 start to this season.

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