UGA moves to No. 3 in BCS standings, within reach of national-title game

The scores from Eugene, Ore., and Waco, Texas, reverberated loudly across this state,  seemingly putting the Georgia Bulldogs two victories away from playing for college football’s national championship.

Saturday night’s losses by previously No. 1 Kansas State (to Baylor) and previously No. 2 Oregon (to Stanford) triggered a celebration among Georgia fans and a shakeup of the Bowl Championship Series pecking order. In the latest BCS standings, released Sunday night, Notre Dame moved to No. 1, Alabama to No. 2 and Georgia to No. 3.

That means, BCS analysts agreed, that if Georgia beats Georgia Tech and Alabama beats Auburn this week, then the winner of the Dec. 1 SEC Championship game between the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide would play for the national title.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings, to be released Dec. 2, earn berths in the title game, which will be played Jan. 7 in Miami. Georgia has not played for a national championship in the BCS era and last won the title in the 1980 season.

The losses by Kansas State and Oregon came just one week after Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M seemingly left the SEC at serious risk of not putting a team in this season’s BCS title game. Last week, Alabama and Georgia were Nos. 4 and 5 in the standings, behind three undefeated teams. That meant the league with six consecutive national championships could get back to the title game only if two of the three unbeaten teams ahead of Alabama and Georgia lost a game.

And on one chaotic night, two of the three did just that.

“Thank you Baylor, thank you Stanford,” Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings reacted via Twitter.

“We control our own destiny,” UGA linebacker Christian Robinson tweeted.

The turn of events raised the stakes for Georgia’s regular-season finale against Georgia Tech. The rivals will play at noon Saturday in Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC) would be knocked out of the national-title picture by a loss to the Yellow Jackets (6-5, 5-3 ACC).

On his weekly teleconference with reporters Sunday night, Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked a half-dozen questions about the BCS picture. Each time, he responded by talking about the game against Tech.

Richt wouldn’t even say whether he watched the Oregon-Stanford and/or Kansas State-Baylor games.

“You know what? I was thinking about Tech that night, all night, knowing what a big game it is,” he said.

Alabama is in a similar situation this week, also facing its in-state rival. But while Georgia has clinched the SEC East’s berth for the league title game at the Georgia Dome, Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) must beat Auburn (3-8, 0-7) to represent the Western Divison there.

The SEC, of course, wasn’t the only beneficiary of Kansas State’s 52-24 loss to Baylor and Oregon’s 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford.

Notre Dame (11-0) moved from No. 3 to No. 1 in the BCS standings and can assure itself a spot in the national-title game by winning its regular-season finale at USC.

Brad Edwards, ESPN’s BCS analyst, expressed confidence after Saturday’s results that the SEC Championship game winner would get the other berth, provided Georgia beats Tech and Alabama beats Auburn. Fellow analysts Mark May, Lou Holtz and Kirk Herbstreit agreed.

Of course, there could be complications that again scramble the picture, such as a loss by Notre Dame, Alabama or Georgia this week.

If Notre Dame loses, there would be no unbeaten team left in the national-championship mix, and there surely would be an intense debate about who should play the SEC champion in Miami. In that case, another SEC team — Florida, which is No. 4 in this week’s standings — could be next in line if it wins its regular-season finale against Florida State.

Oregon is No. 5, Kansas State No. 6 and LSU No. 7 in this week’s standings.

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. Notre Dame is No. 1 in all three components this week.

Georgia is No. 3 in the USA Today poll (up from No. 4 last week), No. 3 in the Harris poll (up from No. 5) and No. 6 in the computers (same as last week). Alabama is No. 2 in the USA Today and Harris polls and No. 3 in the computers.

The Associated Press poll, which is not part of the BCS formula, also has Notre Dame No. 1, Alabama No. 2 and Georgia No. 3 this week.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

367 comments Add your comment

CDAWG

November 18th, 2012
8:57 pm

Could I be first?

CDAWG

November 18th, 2012
8:58 pm

Oh yea give me my kudos Tim.

Laughingstockcocks

November 18th, 2012
9:00 pm

Go you Harry Dawgs…I’m Game(cocks)

NORRIS

November 18th, 2012
9:06 pm

Can you imagine a Georgia Florida rematch??? Now how crazy would that be. I dont think that has ever happened. And it wouldnt even be played in Jacksonville!

Ga Dawg 89

November 18th, 2012
9:08 pm

I’ve been waiting for a long time!

F. Sinkwich

November 18th, 2012
9:08 pm

Bugs need a beat down. Saturday.

make sense

November 18th, 2012
9:11 pm

Alabama has one weapon and that is use that big line to run people over. In the SEC, its not what you’ve done over the course of the season and who you played on your schedule. But what you do week to week. Simply put, UGA has looked great on Defence LATELY and Alabama has looked beatable over the last 2 weeks. So don’t give me this Alabama is going to run over UGA. People are nervous when they make bold predictions about Alabama. They don’t intimidate anybody anymore. Its called MOMENTUM!! and UGA has that right now. Not who they played on their schedule.

DOGGIE IN NC

November 18th, 2012
9:11 pm

OK DOGGIES, lets not choke on the gift bone you have been thrown – GO DOGGIES!

Hairy Dawg

November 18th, 2012
9:11 pm

State Championship first then SEC game 2nd…. Them jackets want to beat you badly and knock you out of any kind of championship!!! One game at a time guys…. one game at a time! Wreck Tech and thats all you need this week! Coach Richt has it right…. FOCUS ON TECH!!!! Go Dawgs!!!

David

November 18th, 2012
9:11 pm

Oregan should still be rated above Alabama. They lost in overtime while Texas A&M dominated Alabama.

hit a single

November 18th, 2012
9:12 pm

Bergamot – you need to quit sterotyping!

UGA24-7

November 18th, 2012
9:12 pm

bergamot-NICE WAY TO TRY TO DEGRADE A BUNCH OF 18-22 YR OLDS ON A BLOG WHERE NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE.

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:13 pm

Can you imagine a Georgia Florida rematch???

Yeah, everybody is really hoping for a rematch of a game that had 9 turnovers, 24 penalties, and some of the worst QB play in the history of football. Sorry, but that would make college football look like an absolute joke.

hit a single

November 18th, 2012
9:13 pm

I don’t think A&M dominated Alabama. Late fumble cost Bama the game. That and trying to throw the football from the 5 yardline.

crusher dawg

November 18th, 2012
9:14 pm

Keep your heads screwed on straight and play ball. We have to worry about Tech first…..

hit a single

November 18th, 2012
9:14 pm

And Coach Richt is right. There is a hot offensive team coming into Athens Saturday that we need to worry about.

Dawg

November 18th, 2012
9:15 pm

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CDAWG

November 18th, 2012
9:16 pm

David I am a Dawg fan but think A&M is the best team in the Country.

Hairy

November 18th, 2012
9:16 pm

“Bergamot” – is that you Coach Spurrier? Or just a jealous gnat posing as a Jacket? Get a life … obviously your team isn’t in the conversation … so go back to your Walmart greeter job or back to your parents’ basement playing with your Star Wars action figures

CC

November 18th, 2012
9:17 pm

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 18th, 2012
9:19 pm

It is now “THIS COULD BE THE YEAR” time again……Can’t wait until it is “Wait Till Next Year” time again. UGa football is the Christmas present that has been under the tree since 1980 and that isn’t going to change this year either. This Team is not that good to be in the BCS MNC game. UGa is good but not best in the nation good.

Steve

November 18th, 2012
9:21 pm

HA HA HA. Look at the jealous haters on here! Cracks me up. “Put In Timeout….” must be the biggest crybaby of all.

Steve

November 18th, 2012
9:22 pm

Hmmmm what was Tech ranked? : )

Bob Leblah

November 18th, 2012
9:23 pm

@ GTBob- This coming from a moron who supports a team that lost at home to mtsu. Vanderbilt would win your division. You couldn’t even win it outright. You need a hallpass to get to the ACC championship.

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:24 pm

This Team is not that good to be in the BCS MNC game. UGa is good but not best in the nation good.

I think UGA fans know that but they don’t really care. Reality might ruin the story.

Steve

November 18th, 2012
9:25 pm

Bob Leblah, just ignore GTBob. He is nothing but a little boy who has no life so he just comes on here and comments on other peoples comments.

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:27 pm

You need a hallpass to get to the ACC championship.

I agree with you. We don’t belong in the ACC championship.

Hgunn5

November 18th, 2012
9:27 pm

Bama’s gonna go into Atl and shut down that shoddy bulldog offense. Roll Tide.

Steve

November 18th, 2012
9:28 pm

Is Tech the best team in the Coastal? NOPE. Are Tech fans excited about the possible opportunity of playing in the ACC Championship? Yup. When UGA wins against Tech, and if they beat Bama and then #1 and undefeated Notre Dame, they have earned the right to be #1. Quit being jealous. You nerds always have an excuse. Bama beats UGA, the nerds will say “see I told you UGA was overrated.” If UGA beats Bama it will be “Well Bama is not good and lost at home to A&M.” Just can’t win when it comes to uneducated people like Tech fans.

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:28 pm

Bob Leblah, just ignore GTBob. He is nothing but a little boy who has no life so he just comes on here and comments on other peoples comments.

Yet Steve has a great life. He spends all of his time on the blogs spreading positivity and being a good fan. Right Steve?

Tampa Gator

November 18th, 2012
9:29 pm

GTBob….

It is called GREAT DEFENSE…….something I realize Tech and ACC fans know little….although FSU is trying to show you.

Beast from the East

November 18th, 2012
9:29 pm

Can you imagine a Georgia Florida rematch???

Yeah, everybody is really hoping for a rematch of a game that had 9 turnovers, 24 penalties, and some of the worst QB play in the history of football. Sorry, but that would make college football look like an absolute joke.
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No, that would be the ACC. Absolute joke that that conference stills receives an automatic BCS bid. The MAC is better.

Bergamot

November 18th, 2012
9:29 pm

@ The cruel, mean world

I’m just a little insecure about my own pathetic existence. You see, people have bullied me my entire life, and I feel that if I come on here and say mean spirited things, somehow that justifies my own shortcomings and it makes me feel better temporarily, just to have the mild euphoric sensation be replaced with a more intense crash. It’s not even about football really, I couldn’t care less to tell the truth. I just have a sad, miserable life, and it’s everyone else’s fault.

Gdawg

November 18th, 2012
9:30 pm

GT Bob… “Yeah, everybody is really hoping for a rematch of a game that had 9 turnovers, 24 penalties, and some of the worst QB play in the history of football. Sorry, but that would make college football look like an absolute joke.”
I would say something but your team is the epitome of an absolute joke. Are you silly? Did you watch GA Tech in any of their games this year? Wow, sour grapes are on isle 1…

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:33 pm

Quit being jealous.

What are we jealous of? What was your teams best win this season aside from the Florida game? Vandy? Really?

Rick James

November 18th, 2012
9:33 pm

@GTBob
Yeah, everybody is really hoping for a rematch of a game that had 9 turnovers, 24 penalties, and some of the worst QB play in the history of football. Sorry, but that would make college football look like an absolute joke.
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An absolute joke would be a 6 and 6 Georgia Tech team backing into the ACC championship game..

Finchdawg

November 18th, 2012
9:33 pm

Focus on Tech, Dawgs! Lose this one and there is ZERO shot at the championship.

FlintDawg

November 18th, 2012
9:33 pm

@GTBob At least we don’t have to worry about the bees showing up in a NC game any time soon!

Unless Miami defaults, not even a conference championship game either!!!

Beast from the East

November 18th, 2012
9:33 pm

Vandy is better than anyone Tech has managed to outscore.

Tampa Gator

November 18th, 2012
9:34 pm

CDawg….

A&M lost to both LSU and Florida…..and both the LSU and Florida defenses are faster than Bama’s defense (from what I have seen).

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:35 pm

It is called GREAT DEFENSE…….something I realize Tech and ACC fans know little….although FSU is trying to show you.

No, its called terrible offense. Outside of Texas A&M who is in their first year in the conference, the SEC plays almost zero offense.

Sec O Verrated

November 18th, 2012
9:35 pm

No team that gets thumped by 28 points deserves to be ranked this high.

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:36 pm

An absolute joke would be a 6 and 6 Georgia Tech team backing into the ACC championship game..

I agree. That would be a joke.

GTBob

November 18th, 2012
9:37 pm

No team that gets thumped by 28 points deserves to be ranked this high.

No way man, they put a hurting on Vandy and Ole Miss. That certainly proves they are championship caliber.

Tampa Gator

November 18th, 2012
9:37 pm

I think Georgia will give Bama all they can handle…..and I think Georgia is playing better right now….on both sides of the ball. Georgia wins the SEC this year and goes to Miami. But who will they play????? Good night.

Tampa Gator

November 18th, 2012
9:39 pm

GTBob….

Before I go……Ole Miss almost upset LSU this weekend…….and Georgia demolished Ole Miss. Now….good night.

Steve

November 18th, 2012
9:39 pm

Hmmmm the SEC plays almost zero offense huh? Again shows that you know nothing about college football. UGA has scored more touchdowns this year than in any previous year in history of the program and have scored 37 points or more in 8 of their 11 games. Nope, no offense at all!

CDAWG

November 18th, 2012
9:41 pm

Tampa Gator, I was really impressed with A&M when they played Florida but more impressed with Florida for not giving up. They played Bama pretty tough so I am really hoping that Bama is not the 10 foot monster that they have been when we play them.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 18th, 2012
9:41 pm

PMS Murray
Pad My Stats against crappy teams MURRAY is 3-9 against top 25 teams but he is going to win a MNC? Please spare me……..
Next somebody is going to say BOBO is going to get a head coaching job in the SEC.