There has been a lot of excitement for Georgia Bulldog fans since this weekend’s big win against rival Florida.
“You know everybody’s going to congratulate you on a big win like that,” inside linebacker Tae Crowder said. “It’s a win that we needed. It’s just exciting to have that win.”
As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings come out tonight and the Bulldogs now have more reason to pay attention as a national title is not an impossibility, with much work ahead.
There is a game Saturday at 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium that the team has to be ready for.
Bulldog coaches and players might be the only ones turning their attention to the Bulldogs next opponent.
According to VegasInsider.com, Georgia (7-1, 4-1 SEC) opened as 14 1/2 point favorite against Missouri (5-3, 2-2), but the line Monday afternoon moved to 17.
“The toughest job for us in moving forward, is grounding this team and making sure they understand the quality of team we’ve got to come and play next week,” Smart said Saturday night during his postgame press conference.
Even after a 24-17 win over the top 10 Gators team, the now sixth-ranked Bulldogs remember losing at home to another SEC East team recently.
That 20-17 double overtime loss to heavy underdog South Carolina was just a few weeks back.
“Beating Florida was kind of that statement, that hey we’re still Georgia,” tight end Charlie Woerner said. “The players never doubted. We never doubted amongst ourselves, but I think it was kind of a statement to other people that we’re still here.”
Missouri looked like a surprise contender in the SEC East before its back-to-back losses at Vanderbilt, 21-14, and Kentucky, 29-7.
That Clemson transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant is coming off a hamstring injury is something else for Missouri to factor in. The Tigers will be coming off a bye week as it heads to Georgia.
“The bottom line is, I know the football team they have got,” Smart said. “I know the coaching staff they have got. I know the players they have got and I can watch the tape and know they have got a really physical football team.”
Georgia most likely can’t afford another loss if it is going to make the playoff.
“As a team, we all know we can’t lose,” inside linebacker Monty Rice said. “We play to win. All the hard work, all this running we do, all the stations, we do it to win in tight fourth quarter games.”
“Since we did it against a top 10 team, now we’ve got to do it every week,” wide receiver Lawrence Cager said. “We can’t take any plays off, we can’t take any week off.”
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