December 8, 2023


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Georgia coach is ‘actually comfy with not caring’ about CFP rankings

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Georgia Bulldogs head football coach Kirby Smart

College of Georgia head coach Kirby Sensible’s calm response to his crew’s second-place end within the School Soccer Playoff (CFP) preliminary rankings ought to trigger unease all through the game.

The Bulldogs are 8-0 and have been No. 1 within the Related Press and are working a prime 25 ballot for the reason that begin of the season as two-time nationwide champions. Nevertheless, when the primary CFP rankings had been launched on Tuesday, first place went to Ohio State. Committee officers rewarded the Buckeyes for wins towards high-profile opponents like Penn State and Notre Dame.

Georgia’s finest wins are towards Florida and Kentucky, which aren’t within the CFP 25. Regardless of the Dawgs’ present 25-game profitable streak and previous accomplishments, Georgia is ranked second. Sensible informed reporters Wednesday throughout the Southeastern Convention’s weekly convention name that he wasn’t involved concerning the perceived weak spot.

“No. He is not underrated. It’s what it’s,” Sensible informed reporters by way of 24/7 Sports activities. “We have been actually relieved that it hasn’t been taken care of for the final three or 4 years.”

Georgia Bulldogs head football coach Kirby Smart
Georgia Bulldogs coach Kirby Sensible appears to be like on earlier than the sport towards the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on October 7, 2023, in Athens, Georgia. The Bulldogs are ranked second within the preliminary School Soccer Playoff seedings.
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Sensible and Georgia had been third final season throughout the preliminary rankings, whereas Tennessee was first. The Bulldogs downed the Vols 27-13 the identical week the committee revealed the preliminary standings. Georgia turned the No. 1 crew and remained on prime within the playoffs en path to its second straight nationwide championship.

UGA has an opportunity to dispel doubts about their schedule for the following few weeks. This week’s opponent, No. 12 Missouri State, begins a streak of three straight ranked contenders for the Dawgs.

“It is at all times one recreation at a time,” Sensible mentioned. ” the reply to that. No coach goes to sit down right here and inform you he is frightened concerning the future or the upcoming video games. I am frightened about always getting higher. Getting gamers wholesome. Making an attempt to get gamers who aren’t.” higher. And also you do it for one week at a time.”

Sensible is not sleeping on a Tigers crew that gave Georgia considered one of its hardest contests final season.

“They did an amazing job. They stored us off stability offensively and type of managed the road of scrimmage defensively. So, what are you going to do to answer that,” Sensible informed reporters throughout Tuesday’s press convention. “You need to impose your will. You will have to have the ability to run the ball and make performs. You need to be environment friendly.”

Following the Missouri recreation, the Bulldogs will compete towards No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 19 Tennessee earlier than ending the common season towards in-state rival Georgia Tech.

BetMGM Sportsbook has Georgia as a 15.5-point favourite towards Missouri, with the over/beneath set at 54.5 factors. Missouri State is +525 on the moneyline, with Georgia at -750. The sport kicks off at 3:30pm Saturday ET on CBS.