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Kirby Smart's Georgia Bulldogs Now the Consensus No. 1 Team in the Country

September 18, 2022

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs are now the consensus No. 1 team in the country - jumping Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide over the weekend in the coaches’ poll. 

Georgia was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll a week ago. The Bulldogs 48-7 beating of the Gamecocks Saturday in Columbia was enough to move the Dawgs to the top of both polls. 

No. 2 Alabama survived at Texas last weekend weekend - needing a game-winning drive led by Bryce Young in the final moments of the game. Alabama kicked a FG to win the game. No. 1 Georgia’s 33-0 win over Samford coupled with its destruction of No. 11 Oregon in Atlanta in week one was enough to position the Dawgs to jump Bama for the No. 1 spot in the coaches’ poll. 

Georgia was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll nine of the 15 weeks in 2021. Alabama was at the top the other six weekends in 2021. The last time a team other than the two SEC powers was ranked No. 1 was 2020 Clemson the week the Tigers lost at Notre Dame in November that year.

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Georgia and Alabama are not scheduled to play one another in the regular season. They could only matchup in the SEC Championship or College Football Playoff. 

This is the fourth time Kirby’s program has reached the No. 1 spot in rankings. That first happened in the 2017 season in November. A season ago the Dawgs took over the top spot after Alabama lost on the road to Texas A&M, and recaptured the No. 1 spot after dismantling the Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Indianapolis. 

Georgia was ranked No. 3 coming into the 2022 season, but tight wins for both Bama and Ohio State have elevated the Dawgs to the top of the weekly rankings. 

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