Georgia Bulldogs are ranked AP No. 1 for first time since 2008

ATHENS, Ga. — Yes, you read the headline right, the Georgia Bulldogs will be the top ranked team in college football this week. It’s something that they’ve not been able to achieve since 2008 under Mark Richt.

The AP ranked the Bulldogs as the preseason No. 1 in 2008. The last time UGA was No. 1 in AP regular season poll was 1982.

While it is only week six and there is a lot of football yet to be played, the ‘Dawgs have looked the part so far in 2021.

The USA Today Coaches Poll has them at the top as most suspected since Alabama lost. The Associated Press Poll has Georgia as a unanimous No. 1 with former top team Alabama, dropping to No. 5.

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Here is the full top 25:

  1. Georgia
  2. Iowa
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Alabama
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Michigan
  9. Oregon
  10. Michigan State
  11. Kentucky
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Wake Forest
  17. Arkansas
  18. Arizona State
  19. BYU
  20. Florida
  21. Texas A&M
  22. North Carolina State
  23. SMU
  24. San Diego State
  25. Texas

While they struggled in their opener against a very good Clemson defense, Georgia has not had many problems since then. At 6-0, they’ve given up 33 points on the season while scoring 239.

Saturday’s win at Auburn in the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” showed just how strong the Bulldogs are so far this season. The final score ended up 34-10, but the game was never that close.

On offense, backup quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Zamir White ran for 79 yards and a couple of scores.

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The ‘Dawgs are battling a few injuries at the midway point of the season. Starting QB J.T. Daniels has missed the past two games with an injury. Offensive line stalwart Jamaree Salyer went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter vs. Auburn as did starting safety Christopher Smith.

Georgia leads the SEC East Division with a 4-0 record. If they are able to win the rest of their games, they’ll square off with the SEC West champ in a game that will likely be for a College Football Playoff berth.

The full Associated Press rankings will be posted once they are released Sunday afternoon.

The ‘Dawgs next game is Saturday, Oct. 16 against the Kentucky Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. The game will be played at Sanford Stadium.

Watch Bulldogs GameDay on Channel 2 Action News at 11 a.m. on Saturday to get ready for the next game.

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