UGA jumps to No. 6 in BCS standings

Georgia soared to No. 6 in this week’s Bowl Championship Series standings after Saturday’s victory over previously No. 2 Florida.

Ranked No. 10 last week, the Bulldogs also benefited from losses by three other teams that had been ahead of them in the BCS standings — Oregon State, Oklahoma and USC.

Alabama remained a solid No. 1 in the latest set of standings, released Sunday night. Kansas State moved up one spot to replace Florida at No. 2. Notre Dame jumped two spots to No. 3, while Oregon remained No. 4. The top four teams are undefeated.

Four SEC teams fill the Nos. 5 through 8 positions this week — LSU, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina in that order. LSU, Georgia and Florida have one loss apiece. South Carolina has two losses.

The top two teams in the BCS standings after the regular season and conference championship games will meet for the national title Jan. 7 in Miami.

In addition to Georgia’s upset win over Florida, other movers of the BCS standings this week were Oregon State’s loss to Washington, Oklahoma’s loss at home to Notre Dame and USC’s loss to Arizona. Oregon State dropped from No. 7 last week to No. 11 this week, while Oklahoma fell from No. 8 to No. 12 and USC from No. 9 to No. 17.

This week’s schedule features more games that will be important in shaping the BCS standings — particularly Saturday night’s SEC West showdown in Baton Rouge between Alabama and LSU, a rematch of last season’s national title game. Also this week, Kansas State is at home against Oklahoma State and Oregon plays at USC.

The BCS standings, often controversial, include three components, each counting one-third: the USA Today poll of current coaches; the Harris Interactive poll of former coaches, administrators and players and current and former media members; and an average of six computer polls.

Oregon is ranked No. 2 (behind Alabama) in the USA Today and Harris polls, as well as in the Associated Press media poll, which is not part of the BCS formula.

But the Ducks are behind Kansas State and Notre Dame, trailing the latter by just .0011 point, in the BCS standings because their strength of schedule thus far has resulted in a lower ranking from the six computers. Kansas State and Notre Dame are tied for No. 1 in average computer ranking, while Oregon is No. 5.

Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) also moved up sharply Sunday in the Associated Press poll, climbing five spots to No. 7, and USA Today poll, up five spots to No. 6.

The Bulldogs, who have won 17 of 18 regular-season games since starting 0-2 last season, play Ole Miss in Athens at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be Georgia’s second in a row to be nationally televised on CBS.

The BCS standings will be updated each Sunday through the remainder of the regular season and again after the conference championship games.

– Tim Tucker

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dewnsav

October 28th, 2012
9:55 pm

Real Fan

October 28th, 2012
10:00 pm

Great job Georgia Bulldogs! All those Richt haters must be disappointed!

ManOfAction

October 28th, 2012
10:06 pm

If the Dawgs win out and beat Bama in the SECCG (Plausible, Ive seen stranger things happen) and Oregon loses to SC, and K-State loses, they could luck their way into a BCS title game.

Athens

October 28th, 2012
10:07 pm

Keep it up Dawgs!! Loser will post junk……but man, as usual, “It’s Great to be a Georgia Bulldawg!!”

And it frogs had wings...

October 28th, 2012
10:13 pm

…they would not whomp their arse everytime they jumped, ManOfAction…but don’t worry, UGA will lose 2 of their last 4, just wait and see…

uga student

October 28th, 2012
10:15 pm

It’s nice to have some excitement back in Athens! Maybe we can put up a solid performance against bama and get to the Sugar bowl. Go dawgs!

matt

October 28th, 2012
10:27 pm

Frog…you’re a pretty smart guy. Which two games does Georgia lose to out of Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia Southern and GT?

Know your stuff before you troll.

Boom Boom

October 28th, 2012
10:29 pm

Go u hairy dawgs! Great game. Go CMR. Great job. Go Detroit Tigers, make a Series of it at least.

KBP

October 28th, 2012
10:30 pm

Rarely do teams play the number 2 and number 1 ranked team in the same year. But if we make it to Atlanta and beat Bama then it would be a travesty if we don’t play for the NC after beating number 1 and 2 in the same season.

Jim

October 28th, 2012
10:32 pm

Who’s going to step up and call out the offense? It can’t be Murray as he is the problem. May Richt should send him a message and not start his this week.

1969 Graduate

October 28th, 2012
10:39 pm

Congratulations to the team for climbing back into contention. As they say, Georgia controls its destiny.

There was a time when I would have looked at the possibility of us backing into the championship game as shameful, but I believe our team has earned our respect by playing with such intensity and heart in the recent Florida game.

I know we all want to see Georgia win every game from here to the finish line. We’re in a great spot to move up if we keep winning, and have a shot at the national title. It’s a lot to even be a bit hopeful for, and a lot of things would have to fall into place, but it’s not even remotely possible unless the team maintains intensity, and becomes more disciplined. It’s up to the players now.

Go, Dawgs.

P B

October 28th, 2012
10:39 pm

Murray is by far the best option at QB for georgia. The receivers did nothing to help their qb out against florida besides #26. The receivers need to step up

Fats G

October 28th, 2012
10:44 pm

I guess Richt ain’t Pee Wee Herman afteralls……………….We gots to eat dirts this week :)

Lenny

October 28th, 2012
10:55 pm

I’m so thankful we won the game.

But let’s not kid ourselves about the coaching staff. One solid win against a great team (that couldn’t get out of their own way, mind you) doesn’t undo many years of failing to show up for big games. I am thrilled we won this game. I will be singing from the rooftops if we make it to Atlanta and beat Alabama/LSU. If somehow, some way, we make it to Miami and hoist that crystal trophy, I won’t know what to do with myself.

And yet, it won’t restore my confidence in the coaching staff. I’ll still be waiting for the next big game that we come out flat and go down by 20+ points in no time at all, or the late-game collapse that seems to happen with alarming regularity. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be calling for the coach’s head, but neither will I have confidence in him. If that seems strange to you, just look across the state line at Auburn’s mess. Hopefully we won’t fall that far, but we can’t have any hopes of sustained success either. The next big blowout loss is just around the corner, I’m afraid. The worst part is, that fear won’t ever go away with the current situation.

But I love my Dawgs and my alma mater! It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

Lenny

October 28th, 2012
10:59 pm

To clarify my previous post (before people start saying I’m not a true fan), I’m not calling for the coaching staff to be replaced, I’m simply expressing my lack of confidence that they can produce these results on a regular basis.

On a more positive note, I’m thankful that we have a coach who will round up the team and pray for other injured players, like our boys did this past week for Marcus Lattimore prior to our game. That’s true character, right there.

Fidlin1

October 28th, 2012
11:15 pm

Great Job Dogs! Keep the Edge and play smart.

Fair n Balanced

October 28th, 2012
11:24 pm

I said last week that I hope that will have to eat crow on Sunday for all I said about Ga after the Ky game. I hereby eat those words and thank S Williams for firing up the Dogs. I have no doubts that we won due to his success in stirring up the team.

CRYSTAL TROPHY

October 28th, 2012
11:25 pm

Finish off strong, playing like the bad ass, kamikaze tackling, viscous slobber knockers that showed up Saturday against the Gators and we’ll talk.

JRW7

October 28th, 2012
11:31 pm

Pass some crow over my way, GO DAWGS, congratulations CMR!

Smitty

October 28th, 2012
11:48 pm

I watched replay this morning and we won again…..go DAWGS

Dangerous

October 28th, 2012
11:49 pm

coaching staff still weak…nothing has changed there…….thrilled to death though that they finally won one!!!!!!!

Aaron Murray

October 29th, 2012
12:03 am

I guess my house won’t be TP’d this week.

Wish a mother would!

October 29th, 2012
12:19 am

Taste like chicken

Jimmy

October 29th, 2012
12:36 am

I said on Friday that I had a good feeling about Saturday’s game, and not for any X’s & O’s reason, but because the young men would be motivated. With social media being as prevelant as it is, these kids know what’s being said about them and they wanted to shut everyone up. Too bad there are so many people out there that are still opening their mouths when they should just man up and admit when they were wrong. Go Dawgs! GATA!

01HAWK

October 29th, 2012
12:54 am

Sorry HAIRY DAWGS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,But you will not be able to get to the BCS Championship game with that embarassing loss to South Carolina.

South Carolina has laid an egg 3 games in a row. Even though they beat Tennessee, they only won by 3 points .And we know that Tenn. is a very bad team.

That loss is a killer for you. Also Florida apparently was not that stong.

No way could Florida nor UGA beat either BAMA or LSU with all the mistakes that both made vs. each other.

You had the schedule setup perfectly and you blew it with that loss.

Jeremy Wallace

October 29th, 2012
1:25 am

I agrre with 1969 graduate.

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Texas Dawg

October 29th, 2012
1:47 am

I’m just thankful we won Saturday. Quite frankly, I, like a lot of you, gave us zero chance of winning. Now I am hopeful. I believe we can (or should) win the remaining regular season games. I’ll be holding my breath, though, should we make it to the SEC championship game. If, I said, if, we win that, then who knows where we go? And, although Mitchell needs to keep his emotions in check, big “ups” to him for making a play Saturday when we really needed it, especially after that stupid penalty. But for that matter, big “ups” to the entire team and coaching staff. Go Dawgs!!! Just don’t let up against Ole Miss.

crumudgeon49er_exskinDawg

October 29th, 2012
1:50 am

Dawgs sweet victory..lets beat OleMiss!

Tdawg

October 29th, 2012
2:55 am

Couldn’t have said it better myself Lenny. I would however disagree with you on one thing though. I have absolutely no confidence in Mark Richt. I want him GONE. I was a staunch Mark Richt backer right up to that South Carolina debacle. One game doesn’t even begin to make up for him past failures. Crap, Mark Richt should have been the one to call this team out. It shouldn’t have had to fall on the shoulders of one of his players. Maybe he should hire Williams as defensive coach? If the the defense finishes the season as it did against Florida I just might and that is a big might, back off a little. I’d be more impressed if he would get that weak arse Arron Murray off the field.

Tdawg

October 29th, 2012
3:04 am

01HAWLK! Don’t you keep up with current events? Florida has already beaten your mighty LSU Tigers. Ain’t it mighty convenient how you over look that little fact?

West side Dawg

October 29th, 2012
5:31 am

They showed up….FINALLY i can wear my Georgia hat with pride.
It was ugly, because as usually Murry almost gave the game away. but the Team played with fire, they were unstoppable, if they can play at this level we are in good shape!

St Catherines Dawg

October 29th, 2012
5:33 am

Well i have eatten crow, because i said they wouldnt show up and they sure did this time. but whats up with Murry, he scares me when he turns the ball over. and where was King? Those two are always missing during the big games.

Hats off the the Team and the defense and to SHAWN WILLIAMS! you did right by calling them out because everyone knew it was true! We were soft! but now are we going to build on this win or revery back to softness?

Dumb Dog

October 29th, 2012
6:23 am

Fire CMR! We should win every game 100-0 and win the national championship every year! Fire BoBo! Fire everybody! We’re only ranked sixth in the BCS. That’s pitiful. Everybody knows UGA is the greatest program in the land and it’s fan base is the best, most loyal and definitely the smartest fan base ever.

BillyMac East

October 29th, 2012
6:32 am

Since current UGA AD Greg McGarity graduated from high school in 1972 and began working in athletics at UGA, then later from 1992-2010 at Florida as Assistant AD, his record in the Georgia – Florida series stands at a commanding 31 wins versus only 10 losses. We need to make sure MacDaddy stays in Athens and away from Gainesville, because we need his good karma for years to come in Jacksonville. BillyMac East

FB

October 29th, 2012
6:33 am

TDawg! Nice callout. LSU was unbeatable until UF punched them. They could still beat Alabama. As much as it pains me, we need to pull for Lane Kiffen. They could knock off Oregon and ND.

Wonder if Kiffen wants to kill himself or the team doctor for dropping Jarvis Jones from scholarship?!

Destin Dawg

October 29th, 2012
6:36 am

great defense…over came Murray’s usual choke in big games … Williams and J J for president !!!! pray for the U.S.A. east coast.. killer storm Sandy.. could be devastating !!!!

Destin Dawg

October 29th, 2012
6:38 am

focus on Ole Miss…. they will be up for us next weekend !!!!!

Buckeye

October 29th, 2012
6:46 am

dogs: “We’re # 6! We’re # 6!

Same number as gifts from FL

How’s Auburn doing?

SEC! SEC!

Cal22

October 29th, 2012
6:52 am

Wow UGA y fans are back in full force. Once again, a few calls that went your way fanned that win. And since you only had two games to show up for this year (and couldn’t even do that), you should be in Atlanta in December. So now on to bigger and better things… UGA ys are gonna find yourselves squashed by the West once again.

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October 29th, 2012
6:53 am

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DogD

October 29th, 2012
6:53 am

The DogD will not let UGA lose! Dogs win out, win the East and upset alabama in the SEC title game!!! Alabama hasn’t played anybody yet and is overrated. Dogs 24 alabama 20—book it!

mambo

October 29th, 2012
6:58 am

Coach, you did a great job in getting your team ready and motivated. Now, we need that same intensity against the improving Rebels and the always dangerous Auburn Tigers.

ron

October 29th, 2012
7:00 am

Southern Cal will beat the Irish.
Unfortunately it’s going to take two losses to keep ‘Bama out of the national championship.

Paddy

October 29th, 2012
7:05 am

01Hawk…….if you were any dumber somebody would hav to water you!

Buzz 2011

October 29th, 2012
7:16 am

You mean the Dog team that played Saturdai in Jaksonville.? They were terrible and sightly better than the Gators. Neither should be ranked s neither have beaten any strong teams. When will Dogs get a quarterback?

SUPER DAWGS

October 29th, 2012
7:30 am

01 HAWK,you are a MORON.

The AlphaDawg

October 29th, 2012
7:34 am

One game at at time people. I hope the coaches are now focusing on the rebels. The Florida game is over. It was a good win for the dawgs but old habits are hard to die ( coaching staff ) . Lets see how this plays out.

FLA DAWG

October 29th, 2012
7:37 am

Here I am boys to accept all of the krap you want to throw. I picked The Dawgs to lose big by 35 points. I NEVER thought The Dawgs could beat UF. I was wrong.

Despite UF giving The Dawgs every possible chance to put this game away early, the O absolutely blew it until the fourth qtr. No first downs until the fourth qtr and it was the stellar D that won this game.

Bobo cannot playcall worth moosedik and Murray had a bad day until the end (though the receivers dropped several passes).

Imagine if the O and the D could both show up for four qtrs on the same gameday. It would be something to see (I mean against a team other than Vandy).

Living in Fla I am EXTREMELY GLAD to see The Dawgs beat The Gators. But Bobo stinks on ice and Richt has not proven he is a capable SEC HC to me.

Let’s enjoy the win, hope we get to The SECC Game and see what happens vs Bama.