It's been two years since the University of Georgia Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) have cracked the top 10 poll, but that all changed after a dominating Sep. 23, 31-3 win versus SEC foe, fellow Bulldogs from Mississippi State.
Previously UGA had been ranked 11th while Mississippi State (3-1, 0-1) was ranked 17th. But after Saturday's victory, UGA jumped up four spots to number seven in the AP Poll.
The game between the two canines was pretty much over in the first when the home team opened up the first quarter with 14 unanswered points.
In the second quarter the visitors cut the lead to just 11 points before the half when they connected on a field goal.
It would be the only points of the night that UGA would give up as the defensive unit stifled Mississippi State while UGA's offense added another 17 points in the third quarter.
Saturday’s win, great as it was for fans and the team, brings with it some high expectations from both sides, something head coach Kirby Smart addressed in his postgame press conference.
“It does concern me because I worry about the guys reading it and believing it. I was around a guy for 10 years (Nick Saban) who did a good job of managing it,” Smart told the press.
The top 25 win has turned some heads throughout the country including writer Alex Krishner of SBNATION who made a case that UGA might be the only team who stands a chance against SEC powerhouse, the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
"The SEC has 14 teams. One is elite. Another 12 have already declared they’re flawed in some significant way. And one is Georgia," wrote Krishner. "The Dawgs have yet to show anything like crippling weakness, which is saying something, when it comes to Bama’s conference opponents."
Before they look ahead to a possible showdown with the Tide, UGA focuses their attention to this Saturday’s SEC matchup, a road game at Tennessee against the (3-1, 0-1) Volunteers at 3:30 p.m.
SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s Saturday morning preview show, will originate from Knoxville, giving even more attention on the Bulldogs, according to Online Athens.
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