Georgia is the No. 6 football team in the land.
The media that vote in the Associated Press preseason poll put the Bulldogs in the same spot in the rankings released Saturday morning as the coaches did earlier this month in their voting.
Georgia had not cracked the top-10 of the AP preseason rankings since it was No. 1 heading into the 2008 season.
‚ÄúI would have predicted us not to be quite as high in that poll,‚Äù coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good that people feel that way about us. We all know it doesn‚Äôt mean a lot other than you‚Äôre starting in a spot where, if you take care of business you‚Äôve got a chance to stay up there.‚Äù
This is Georgia’s highest ranking in the AP poll since it was No. 3 on Sept. 21, 2008,
Running back Richard Samuel thinks it‚Äôs warranted.
‚ÄúI really do believe in our guys,‚Äù Samuel said. ‚ÄúWe have a really wonderful, amazing team‚Ä¶but we also have to progress and learn how to finish. We do have a good group of guys.‚Äù
The Bulldogs are coming off a 10-4 season with a trip to the SEC title game.
‚ÄúWe know we‚Äôve got a long way to go and a lot to prove,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúHave we earned it this year? No, but I guess from everybody‚Äôs evaluation of who‚Äôs returning and all that kind of thing, they feel like we‚Äôve got a chance.‚Äù
Georgia returns 10 starters from the Outback Bowl from a defense that ranked No. 5 in the nation in yards allowed and brings back junior quarterback Aaron Murray, a second-team preseason All-SEC pick.
The SEC has five of top 10 teams in AP poll. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 LSU, No. 6 UGA, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 10 Arkansas. The Bulldogs avoidAlabama, LSU andArkansas on their schedule this year.
Florida is ranked No. 23.
‚ÄúWe know we‚Äôve got a long way to go and a lot to prove,‚Äù Richt said.
|3. LSU (16)||13-1||1,402||2|
|7. Florida St.||9-4||1,093||23|
|13. Michigan St.||11-3||742||11|
|16. Virginia Tech||11-3||548||21|
|18. Ohio St.||6-7||474||NR|
|19. Oklahoma St.||12-1||430||3|
|22. Kansas St.||10-3||300||15|
|24. Boise St.||12-1||212||8|
Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, BYU 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, N.C. State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi St. 1, N. Illinois 1.