While Georgia can focus on preparing for its playoff appearance, Auburn now will have to deal with chatter regarding coach Gus Malzahn, who is likely No. 1 on Arkansas' coaching wish list.
This report follows Malzahn's Peach Bowl Teleconference less than an hour before this report.
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that Malzahn has will spurn Arkansas and stay at Auburn, agreeing to an extension with the Tigers.
He wanted to be at Auburn, he was "planning on being the coach at Auburn next year", and now, officially, he will be. "Nothing has changed", Malzahn said.
"I just said I want to be the head coach at Auburn", he replied. When that question is answered in a will, reporters and fans will stop asking.
It has been widely reported that Memphis head coach, Mike Norvell was Arkansas' second choice.
The No. 7 Tigers play No. 10 UCF on January 1 at 11:30 a.m. He has beaten Nick Saban and Alabama twice, and he spearheaded a 10-3 campaign in 2017 that will conclude with a Peach Bowl showdown against undefeated Central Florida. "I would particularly like to say Go Dawgs to my neighbors, the Faulkners, at 8 o'clock on a Sunday morning".
In Malzahn's first season as Auburn's head coach in 2013, he led the Tigers to the BCS national championship game, but they lost 34-31 to Florida State. "As I said before this game, we worked extremely hard to get here to this point, and we've got a very good foundation built, and I think the best is yet to come".
Auburn has also brought in a top-10 recruiting class in every year of Malzahn's tenure and is on track to bring in another in 2018.