Georgia advances to No. 5 in BCS standings

In a weekend that saw them move closer to the SEC Championship game, the Georgia Bulldogs also inched up in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Georgia climbed one spot to No. 5 in the latest BCS standings, released Sunday night, becoming the highest ranked one-loss team and the second highest ranked SEC team.

Alabama remained No. 1 after Saturday’s last-minute 21-17 victory at LSU. Kansas State stayed No. 2, while last week’s Nos. 3 and 4 teams swapped positions – Oregon climbing to No. 3 and Notre Dame dipping to No. 4.

Georgia replaced LSU at No. 5 after staying on track for the SEC Championship game by beating Ole Miss.

Georgia will represent the SEC East in the Dec. 1 game at the Georgia Dome if it wins at Auburn on Saturday. Alabama will represent the Western Division in the Dome if it wins either of its two remaining league games: Saturday vs. Texas A&M and Nov. 24 vs. Auburn.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings will play for the national title Jan. 7 in Miami. Georgia’s climb in the standings from a starting point of No. 11 on Oct. 14 has some fans wondering about a possible — albeit unlikely — route to the top two for the Bulldogs.

While there are no assurances in a system based on polls and computers, this is what probably would have to happen: The Bulldogs would have to win their three remaining regular-season games, would have to beat an undefeated Alabama in the SEC title game and would need two of the other three undefeated teams ranked ahead of them to lose a game.

The BCS standings include three components that count one-third each: 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.

Georgia is ranked No. 5 in the USA Today and Harris polls and No. 6 in the computers. In the Associated Press poll — not part of the BCS formula — Georgia is tied for fifth with unbeaten Ohio State, which is ineligible for the BCS because of NCAA sanctions.

The Bulldogs would have climbed one more notch in the BCS standings if Pittsburgh had pulled off an upset of Notre Dame on Saturday. But the Irish rallied from a 20-6 fourth-quarter deficit and won 29-26 in triple overtime to stay in the BCS top four. Five SEC teams are in the top eight.

Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) vows to keep its focus on Saturday’s game at Auburn (2-7, 0-6).

“We’ve got to win that game,” UGA center David Andrews said, “or all those other victories don’t matter.”

While a win would put Georgia in the SEC title game for the second consecutive year, a loss would send Florida to the Dome.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity we have,” UGA receiver Tavarres King said. “To have an opportunity to go back to the Dome and win an SEC championship, it’s right there at the tips of our fingers. We’ve just got to go get it.”

– Tim Tucker

178 comments Add your comment

Pj

November 4th, 2012
10:32 pm

TK Conley Wooten and Rhett will have to make really big plays the next 3 weeks. We can’t rely on MM not getting doubled every play. If there was ever a time for Jay Rone to live up to his “#1 TE of 2011″ status, now is that time.

Kirk

November 4th, 2012
10:37 pm

Go Dawgs! I think that National Championship game is a stretching it a bit, especially since people were calling for Richt’s head (as they have been over the past number of years) just a couple of weeks ago. With a guaranteed 8 win season with hopefully win #9 next week then we should be at least a 10 win season which is pretty darn impressive. Yeah, yeah, I know, we’ve had close calls but all teams have – that’s the difference between the top teams and the bottom. And yes we’ve had an easy schedule but that’s the way it goes – sometimes we’ve had the toughest schedule in the nation. I think it says something when we’re the highest ranked 1 loss team around.

raul andres

November 4th, 2012
10:45 pm

Bitter dawgs fan

November 4th, 2012
10:47 pm

From blackout to Blackeye—-Stand by TRAILER TRAMPS

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kevin

November 4th, 2012
10:49 pm

I think beating Alabama and being SEC Champion, as far-fetched as that sounds, would be about all Georgia could’ve hoped for entering the year. And it’s within reach. Forget the BCS and control what you have a hand in.

Coach Mike Price

November 4th, 2012
11:12 pm

Getting really thin at wide receiver position. Need Couch Cheezedip at Autistic U to get fired so a couple them young uns will come back to Jawja

drbasic1

November 4th, 2012
11:33 pm

@Bitter

dude your post are always rubbish

AJ

November 4th, 2012
11:35 pm

Win the next 4 games, and UGA definately plays for the BCS Championship.

SEC Champ always goes to BCS Championship, it’s the toughest conference.

LSU went with 2 losses.

Ed

November 4th, 2012
11:37 pm

Who cares about mythical titles based on incoherent computer formulas and polls. Just win the SEC and it will be a Merry Christmas in my house.

Gotta Love It.

November 4th, 2012
11:54 pm

LSU played for 58 mins, but Bama played for 60 mins.

Richt was hoping for Bama to blowout LSU. Why? Complacency that Bama might bring to SEC game. The close win or a loss for Bama was not what he wanted.

Translation: SC 35 UGA 7…..again. Oh, and UGA loses bowl again. No worries. Adams will sign Richt for a 18 year extension before leaving in the summer.

Scott Calvin

November 4th, 2012
11:56 pm

@ AJ

Cuz, Georgia is not going to bcs nc game. We got out butts handed to us by SC. We play sloppy which is not attractive to bcs.

CAPITOL ONE BOWL here we come!!!

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Scott Calvin

November 4th, 2012
11:59 pm

With UGA’s luck, Oregon, KState and ND will get beat next week.

I hate Georgia.

MontanaDawg

November 5th, 2012
12:05 am

Before anyone starts speaking about the albeit, miniscule chance, that the DAWGS might be in a position to possibly play for the National Championship please note the following: First, it would take Georgia winning out their remaining games and beating Alabama in the conference championship. Then it would also take another undefeated team to lose. But if that happens, note that seven of Georgia’s eight wins thus far have come against the following teams: Buffalo (1-7), Missouri (4-5), FAU (2-6), Vanderbilt (5-4), Tennessee (4-5), Kentucky (1-8) and Ole Miss (5-4). Based on these teams and the patsies that remain on the schedule it would probably take a miracle.

Dum-Bass

November 5th, 2012
12:07 am

In all honesty, the DAWGS are overrated and are lucky to be playing in the SEC title game. With the loss now of another outstanding player, Brown, don’t expect much out of them the rest of the year. They will soon fall like a lead balloon. This comes from a usually optimistic GA supporter, but just being realistic.

Jarvis Jones

November 5th, 2012
12:09 am

Dear fans,
Thanks for your support to all my fans.

We are going to practice hard this week.

Thanks again.

Love,
Jarvis

Caleb H.

November 5th, 2012
12:12 am

Hi Mr. Jarvis,

I think you are a good football player.

I am a big fan.

Your friend,
Caleb

Jarvis Jones

November 5th, 2012
12:13 am

Caleb,
Thanks little guy.

Stay in school and study hard.

Love,
Jarvis

Caleb H.

November 5th, 2012
12:14 am

Gotta Love It.

November 5th, 2012
12:25 am

I hate GA too because they just will not develop a championship mindset there.

Started with the Goof and later Richt. What’s his face came along during Spurrier and Manning hay day. 2 losses guaranteed each year during that time. Was only given 4 seasons. How many has that idiot in Athens had now. Beat a sorry FL team that barely beat Missouri.

Lonnie

November 5th, 2012
12:36 am

8-1. #5 team!!!

RJ

November 5th, 2012
12:52 am

GLI, there are few guaranteed wins in the SEC any idiot would know that by now.

Bull Dawg

November 5th, 2012
1:03 am

Hey South carolina, Hey Florida, How does it feel looking up at the Dawgs?

last year there were some people getting really nervoucs when GA dominated the first half against LSU, nobody was counting on us. This year Alabama will be doing the same. Maybe this time we don’t get nervous and give the game away!

GTBOBjr

November 5th, 2012
1:05 am

Tech will upset the dogs ! Then Bama will crush them. Chick-fil-a bowl here we come !

Dawg4life

November 5th, 2012
1:12 am

Alabama can be beat. But got to take care of Auburn first, and the remainder of our schedule. Let’s go Dawgs!

Athens

November 5th, 2012
1:50 am

I went to UGA. I can tell you, win or lose over the years (thankfully it’s been a lot more wins), it’s great to be a Georgia BullDawg!!

Fidlin1

November 5th, 2012
1:57 am

Underdog is just fine with me. When this seasons over it’s very possible the only team we have to take a bow to is to South Carolina. That would just eat Spurrier up. Too Bad. Go Dogs!!!

alabamadawg

November 5th, 2012
2:14 am

thats by far the funniest thing ive heard in that tech will upset georgia… tech is awful and well hats just really all i have to say about that.. but so glad u could come on our blog and share your iinput…

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Dawg Nation

November 5th, 2012
2:57 am

Jarvis You Beast!!!!! You and #36 keep that Junkyard D Fired Up! Somebody give Murray a pep talk and we should be good to go! Honestly, how can you not love these kids? Sick Em!!

Mountain Dawg

November 5th, 2012
3:34 am

Stranger thinks have happened.

BigDawg

November 5th, 2012
5:34 am

First off the Dawgs have to take care of Auburn, a big rivalry game that over the years has been a lot harder than most would have thought. Both teams can point to years when the underdog came in and beat the favored team. 1942 cost Georgia an undisputed National Championship, 2006 cost Auburn a chance at playing for the National Championship. So the team has to focus one game at a time.

Now for Norte Dame those officials calling their games should be in jail, that is all I can say.

Go Dawgs

Lee

November 5th, 2012
6:23 am

I’m a Georgia fan, but I have to admit that LSU got a raw deal on this one. They took the number one team to the wire and get leapfrogged by a UGA team that laid an egg in South Carolina.

UGA

November 5th, 2012
6:24 am

Dawgs are the best team in the country. There I said it.

tell me again

November 5th, 2012
6:37 am

All of you losers who say UGA isn’t this or that – if YOUR team (and UGA is NOT your team) was in our position you would be doing cartwheels naked in the local Waffle House parking lot – get lost and go moan and groan somewhere else – we’re having a GREAT year and loving it! GO DAWGS! SC had their chance – all they had to do is WIN – they couldn’t do it. All we had to do is beat the 2nd ranked team in the country – we DID it. ADVANTAGE GEORGIA!!!!! We’re not there yet and still have business to take care of ~ LET’S GO DAWGS!!!!!!

yearofthedawg

November 5th, 2012
7:07 am

Two things amaze me:

1. That fans of other teams have so little to do that they spend so much time on blogs just trying to irritate UGA fans.
2. That UGA fans fall for it.

Jock Sniffer

November 5th, 2012
7:25 am

Where are all of the Mark Richt haters now?

Tampa Gator

November 5th, 2012
7:39 am

Bull Dawg…….

If Florida beats FSU and Bama beats Georgia……..Florida will no longer be looking up in the BCS at Georgia…..and the Gators will be headed to the Sugar Bowl…..and Georgia to the Senior or Outback Bowls. Georgia #5 and Florida #6…..currently. Of course, Georgia has the ability to beat Bama…..and FSU will be a big hurdle for the Gators as well.

@Got to Love It……

“Beat a sorry FL team that barely beat Missouri.”

:roll:

Yeah…..that sorry Florida team that beat Texas A&M at their house, rolled over South Carolina, and beat an undefeated at the time LSU team that nearly beat Bama. Yeah…..a real sorry Florida team…..that is only ranked #6 in the BCS.

tndawg

November 5th, 2012
7:43 am

Forget the BCS for now and take care of Auburn first. Then take care of the last two games. Hopefully the Dawgs will win out. Then go to Atlanta and if they get a win THEN think about the BCS.

GO DAWGS!!!

Techfan

November 5th, 2012
7:50 am

Don’t forget UGA had the weakest schedule in the SEC. That should have some bearing on the choices in the BCS championship game.

RMikel58

November 5th, 2012
8:13 am

Just quit focusing on the what-ifs and look ahead to Auburn. Just be content with where youre at right now and let pollsters and other teams talk about that.
We have Auburn and no matter what their an SEC Team and we can throw out the record books when playing them.
Let all these crazy fans argue over senseless stuff and stay focused.

Neutral

November 5th, 2012
8:26 am

I watched all of the top 5 teams this weekend and sincerely believe UGa can beat Oregon, ND and KS. Clearly our toughest game will be Bama, but I was amazed that the LSU offense was able to move the ball……and we are at least equal if not better offensively to the Tigers. When we don’t play “soft” (Ie. FL , Vandy and the last 3 qtrs vs MS)…..we can match-up to LSU defensively. I’m starting to believe this could be a very special year for the Dawgs.

Neutral

November 5th, 2012
8:30 am

Let’s not take Auburn lightly. If they are fired-up it could be a much tougher game than many expect. Don’t forget, they lost to LSU 12-10 when both teams were fired-up and optimistic. Auburn is a very confusing team and could be a “trap” if we aren’t ready to play. Go Dawgs

Old Dog Class of 80

November 5th, 2012
8:35 am

I hate seeing the Dawgs back into another SEC East Championship. We didn’t win over Florida – they LOST to us (with their “more than ours” mistakes). We totally were blown away by SC – I bet Spurrier is foaming at the mouth at being the second fiddle behind a team they BEAT.
We have been lucky, and with the exception of Jarvis Jones, I have not seen any excellent football. JJ has single-handedly saved the Georgia football season.

My prediction is that we win the East again – then we will lose to Alabama (unless a miracle occurs). Then we will play in a bowl game where I will keep my fingers crossed that it doesn’t go like the past two bowls.

And Mark Richt will stay at coach, much as I would like to see him replaced. Aaron Murray will continue to be “the annointed one”.

GoDawgs

November 5th, 2012
8:39 am

Isaiah Crowell rushed 10 times yesterday for a total of six yards against Prairie View. Just in case you were wondering how he might have impacted Georgia’s season.

Neutral

November 5th, 2012
8:40 am

@Techfan
Right now UGa is on track to play teams that were ranked in the “top3″ at sometime this season ( SC #3, FL #2 and Bama). If UGa runs the table their schedule will not hurt them so quit dreaming and wishing. By the way, the SEC has had 6 teams in the “Top 5″ at sometime this season (don’t forget Arkansas was in after the first week)…..so EVERYONE voting knows that an easy SEC schedule trumps a brutally tough schedule in another conference…..like the ACC!!!

CC

November 5th, 2012
8:44 am

jvillebil

November 5th, 2012
8:45 am

True Dawg fans don’t come on here blasting Georgia. A win is a win. I hope Richt says until he decides to retire.

GATOR HATER

November 5th, 2012
8:47 am

Scott Calvin, your #1 MORON

Neutral

November 5th, 2012
8:48 am

Old Dawg
NONE of The turnovers in the FL game were “breaks” for UGa……..we caused those turnovers by brutal hits. If we had lost that game I would say FL “backed in” because we had 3 turnovers (2 passes that bounced off receiver’s hands and a pass that Murray threw way over a receiver). We also added a record number of penalties (140+ yards). Yes, we sucked against SC, but SC sucked against LSU, FL and TN.