AUBURN, Ala.–Georgia is going back to Atlanta for the SEC championship.
The vibe for the second straight trip after the Bulldogs’ 38-0 blowout of Auburn didn’t have the feel of 2011.
“It’s different for us this year, sophomore receiver Chris Conley said. “Last year we were excited just to go. This year we feel like we have a lot more work to do when we get there.”
Georgia should get Alabama in the Georgia Dome.
Before that is determined in a couple of weeks, the Bulldogs will hope unbeatens Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame lose.
That didn’t happen Saturday.
ESPN’s Brad Edwards is projecting Georgia will be No. 4 when the BCS standings come out tonight. He has his top three: Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame. CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm also has Georgia at No. 4 and Alabama at No. 5.
I asked Georgia coach Mark Richt, who votes in the coaches’ poll, if it would be hard to pick between one-loss teams Alabama and Georgia for poll voters
“It’s going to be close, I’m sure,” Richt said. “It’s going to be very close.”
Bulldogs tight end Arthur Lynch, who hails from Massachusetts, threw out that Boston College would bring down Notre Dame.
“I’m calling for the upset,” Lynch said.
It didn’t work out that way.
Other postgame notes:
–Reported on this back in September, but Richt and his assistants reaped some hefty bonuses for reaching the SEC title game.
Richt will receive $150,000 for winning the SEC East
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham gets $50,000 for reaching the SEC championship game. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo gets $45,000 for reaching the title game.
A trip to the SEC title game now brings Georgia’s other assistants a 15 percent bonus of their base salaries instead of 10 percent as it was previously.
–Georgia got its first shutout of Auburn since 1976 and its first on the road since 2006 at South Carolina, 18-0.
Georgia’s defense now has given up 9, 10 and 0 points in the last three games.
“If you’re going to win the SEC, you’ve got to play good on defense, you’ve got to hold people to low numbers,” Grantham said.
–Alabama’s loss means Georgia won’t have a chance at an unbeaten, top-ranked Bama in the SEC title game. That could keep the SEC shutout of the BCS title game.
Was Richt dissapointed that the Tide lost?
“Um, I didn’t get too caught up in it,” he said. “I was really most concerned about this one. I didn’t worry too much about it. It’s very hard to go undefeated in our league and everybody knows that. We probably have six top-10 teams legit.”
–Jarvis Jones on on winning the East: “We wanted to go to the SEC. We went last year. We want to win it. We’re going to keep working and keep working until we get there. Hopefully we play some big time ball.”
–Bobo on if he changed anything up with former Georgia defensive coordinators Brian VanGorder and Willie Martinez on staff: “A couple of things in the red zone, a couple of passes and try to spread it out a little more because they’re very good against pro-style offenses.”
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