By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
Top-ranked Georgia and No. 3 Alabama appear headed for a showdown in the Southeastern Conference championship game. But before the powerhouse programs actually clash on Dec. 4 in Atlanta they still have a few remaining hurdles they have to clear in the season’s final weeks. The Bulldogs close conference play on Saturday at Tennessee looking to slow down the Vols’ up-tempo offense. The Crimson Tide take a break from the league grind when they host New Mexico State this weekend before resuming SEC play against improved Arkansas and at archrival and No. 16 Auburn in the Iron Bowl.